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

Protecting Biodiversity

Short-eared owls are endangered across the Northeast U.S. Grasslands that support these iconic owls support other imperiled grassland birds and over 100 other bird and wildlife species, including thousands of pollinators!

Mitigating Climate Change

Grasses store carbon in their roots, acting as a carbon "sink." Unlike forests, the carbon is stored underground and not released if the grasses are set on fire (accidentally or otherwise), making them better able to withstand climate change.

Conserving Land

Grasslands are the fastest disappearing habitat in the U.S. and Canada. Grassland conservation increases productivity on adjacent croplands through the FREE ecological services the birds provide, so it's also protecting our food supply!

Saving Land for Birds and People!

Your support will make a lasting impact!

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

Upcoming Events

Saturday January 25th, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Saturday March 14th, 2020 at 4:00 pm


Grab your binoculars and join us in the Washington County Grasslands to look for Short-eared owls and other wintering raptors on this fun, guided tour. GBT’s Executive Director, Laurie LaFond and Volunteer Field Trip Leader, Rich Speidel will introduce you to the wonders of the grassland in Winter!  Likely sightings include Short-eared owls, Rough-legged hawks, Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, Horned larks, Snow buntings and more! Snowy owls are always possible! FREE to Members Non Member Rates: $10.00 Individual or $20.00 Family ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Rich Speidel at 518.623.2587 to secure your spot today. Space is limited. Make sure you…

Winter Raptor Fest

See Owls, Hawks and Falcons in flight! May 16th & 17th, 2020

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Recent News

NYC Clothing Designer Launches New GBT Line!

North America has lost 3 Billion Birds in the last 50 years. Tina Alleva and Angie Co recently launched The Bird Collective, an apparel company featuring eco-friendly clothes and accessories, to help fund projects that can reverse that decline and create a better future for birds and wildlife. They chose GBT as the first conservation […]

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The U.S. and Canada have lost more than 2.9 billion birds since 1970, according to a Cornell Lab of Ornithology and American Bird Conservancy report. Grassland bird species suffered the steepest declines, losing 53% of their population, or more than 720 million birds! Widespread loss and degradation of habitat from agricultural intensification and urbanization caused […]

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Natural Climate Solutions – Vision & Takeaways from RALLY 2019

RALLY is the annual National Land Trust Conference, held this year in Raleigh, N.C., where Land Trust staff and board members from across the U.S. gather to learn about diverse topics, share their knowledge and gain the skills they need to grow their mission. Grasslands are the fastest disappearing habitat in the U.S. Yet they […]

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Grassroots all-volunteer nonprofit worthy of your support!

– Marilyn Stephenson

Acres for Owls Campaign

Grassland Bird Trust is the only nonprofit acquiring and conserving critical habitat for New York’s endangered grassland birds.  We’ve acquired and permanently protected 78 acres of critical habitat since our founding in 2010.  These parcels lie within the viewshed of our Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area (AZS), located in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA).

Please help us raise $250,000 to purchase and permanently protect another 100 acres of critical habitat! 

Please Donate today! Your support will make a lasting difference.

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Thanks to Our Leading Sponsors:

Stewart's Shop Adirondack.net Saratoga.com GlensFalls.com Odd Duck Farm

Our Partners:

Washington County Soil and Water Conservation Land Trust Alliance Watchable Wildlife