Our MissionConserving critical habitat for endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds

Conserving Land

Grasslands are the fastest disappearing habitat in North America. Grassland birds eat insects and rodents that damage crops. They share their habitat with bees and butterflies that pollinate fruits, vegetables, hay and other crops.
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Preserving Biodiversity

Conserved grasslands protect endangered and threatened birds like Short-eared owls, Upland sandpipers and meadowlarks. They also provide important habitat for over 100 other bird and wildlife species, including thousands of pollinators!
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Mitigating Climate Change

Grasses filter carbon out of the air and store it underground in their roots or the soil. Unlike forests, the majority of the carbon is not released if the grasses catch fire, making them better able to withstand climate change.
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Grassland Birds need us – and we need them.

Your support will help save our world!

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700Million Grassland Birds Lost the past 50 years
258Acres Conserved
78Acres Owned & Managed

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, June 11th, 2022
7:00 AM

Free bird walk at Hudson Crossing with Steve Sanford!

Join local wildlife ecologist and artist Steven Jay Sanford for a bird walk along Hudson Crossing Park’s trails. The walk is for beginner and expert birders alike. Meet at Hudson Crossing Park (Co Rd 42 Schyulerville, NY 12871) at the HCP pavilion at 7:00 AM and walk through the trail systems (stone dust, dirt, and grass). We expect to see and hear scores of breeding birds and some of the later migrants. No special footwear is necessary but participants should bring binoculars and shoes or boots that could stand some morning dew. Be prepared to walk, watch and listen for about 2 hours. Group size is limited to 20 people. Free to GBT members. Please pre-register here:

MAY 14, 2022
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Global Big Day at Hicks Orchard - PAST EVENT

Celebrate birds with guided walks in the Hicks Orchard led by local experts, a talk on birdsong by Executive Director Dr. Samantha Peck, a free LIVE bird of prey show with Trish Marki, a bird photography exhibit, cider and donuts, and lots more!

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May 14th Event Itinerary:

8:00 am or 9:00 am Bird Walk (tickets limited)
10:00 am “Singing With the Birds” Talk (tickets limited)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Live Bird of Prey Program (free and open to all)
12:00 pm Optional Lunch


Hicks Orchard
18 Hicks Road
Granville, NY 12832

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Recent News

Grassland Bird Trust Goes to Costa Rica!

Birds are not the only specie to migrate south in the cold weather. This past January, nine enthusiastic Grassland Bird Trust supporters followed some of our favorite species south on The Costa Rica 11-Day Birding Tour to Benefit the Grasslands! Our group stepped out of the cold, grey north-east winter and into the bright warm […]

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Announcement of New Executive Director!

The Grassland Bird Trust is delighted to announce that effective January 3, 2022, Samantha Carouso-Peck will assume the position of the Trust’s Executive Director. Samantha holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience from Cornell University where she wrote her doctoral thesis on vocal learning in songbirds and is a Biology honors graduate of Williams […]

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Back to School … for Birders!

On September 25, 2021, Grassland Bird Trust hosted a member-only event at Chestnut Ridge Farm. Birders of all levels came to the farm to improve their birding skills with retired DEC Chief Ecologist and artist Steve Sanford. Hear about the morning events from Steve himself: “We all savored the warmth and sunshine of a spectacular […]

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I am pleased that (this area) will be protected for generations to come. My thanks to Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Seggos for their leadership on habitat conservation throughout the state and to (Grassland Bird Trust) for their stewardship of this land.”

– Assembly member Carrie Woerner

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