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.

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

Upcoming Events

White-headed Duck
Two groups of six guests
-- Group 1: March 16 to March 28, 2025
-- Group 2: March 31 to April 11, 2025

Southern Spain Birding Expedition

Join Grassland Bird Trust on our fourth international birding expedition.  In 2025 we will travel to Southern Spain, guided by Destination: Wildlife who is committed to the principles of conservation tourism.

Discover European, Mediterranean, African, and Asian birds in Spain’s Unique Land and Seascapes. Spain is Europe’s second most mountainous country after Switzerland – but it also has (bird!) habitats as diverse as wetlands, semi-arid steppes, and cork-oak dehesas in Spain’s heartland, and the iconic limestone and granite Sierras and more within a relatively small and comfortable geographic region. Its diverse habitats, combined with Spain’s exceptional location, make it a bird hotspot.

Explore a Crossroads of Ancient Cultures and History. Our journey introduces us to the rich cultural heritage of the region, including: the iconic Pueblos Blancos in the mountains of Andalusia, the Roman archaeological site of Baelo Claudia, the Pillars of Hercules in the Strait of Gibraltar, and the main square of Trujillo, the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro and other Spanish explorers.

Enjoy Fabulous Cuisine and Wine.  We can thank Spain’s location and history for its famously unique cuisine and delicious wines. Gifted with abundance from the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, inspired by the kitchens of its neighbors, Portugal and France, and influenced by “visits” from the ancient Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Visigoths, and Arabs—all of which contributed delicious legacies that are today refined to cuisine-perfection with must-try specialties in each region.

Questions? Contact Roberta Kravette at Destination: Wildlife (rkravette@signpostpublishing.com or 908-656-4016). Put “Southern Spain Birding” in the subject line.

Read our Trips and Events Release then register.

Photo: White-headed Duck; ©Martin Paleneck

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Saturday, May 4, 2024 2-5:00 p.m.

Raptor Fest - Enraptured with Grassland Birds!

Join Grassland Bird Trust at the Little Theatre on the Farm in Fort Edward NY for the 2024 Raptor Fest – Enraptured with Grassland Birds!  This year’s event will be held rain or shine and includes:

  • A live bird demonstration, with birds in flight, by the very entertaining Trish Marki from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York
  • A most remarkable presentation on grassland birds by 12 year old prodigy Arabella Pajoohi, member of the NY State Young Birders club
  • Joseph Bruchac, Native American poet, storyteller, and author will describe the deep connection between humans and the feathered beings all around us

The event is appropriate for children 10 and up. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 18. Read our Trips and Events Release and purchase your ticket today!

Little Theatre on the Farm is located at 27 Plum Rd in Fort Edward.

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Thank you to our host, Little Theatre on the Farm, and our generous sponsors!

ODD DUCK FARM

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