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


This area is critical to the survival of Short-eared owls in New York State. It supports 10 of eleven of NY's most imperiled grassland bird species and over 100 other bird and animal species.


Wintering flocks of 40-50 Short-eared owls were once a commons sight in rural areas across the state. Now, there are less than 100 of these state endangered owls left in the wild.


Field trips, youth programs and our annual Winter Raptor Fest educate people of all ages about our endangered and at-risk birds and critical habitat they depend on for their survival!

Saving Land for Birds and People!

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78Acres Owned & Managed
258Acres Conserved
1,400Members & Supporters

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Winter Raptor Fest

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

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Recent News

Grassland Bird Trust awarded NYS Grant!

ALBANY, NY  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Thursday more than $2.2 million in New York State Conservation Partnership Program grants awarded to 47 not-for-profit land trusts across the state. The grants are funded through New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. According to a press release, “a total of 70 grants will leverage an additional $2.2 million in […]

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Grassland Bird Trust Closes on 64 Acres!

ARGYLE Grassland Bird Trust, formerly Friends of the IBA, officially acquired another 64 acres of critical habitat in February. The two-year project was completed on schedule thanks to a $63,000 grant from NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Parks), a $50,000 grant from the Open Space Institute (OSI) and donations from Grassland Bird […]

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Landowner Harassment Harms Owls

Love owls?  Actions speak louder than words, and the thoughtless actions of a small number of people who’ve been harassing landowners in the Washington County Grasslands IBA shows a blatant disregard for the owls and their hosts. Landowners have become increasingly frustrated this winter with photographers and birders lining up their tripods in front of […]

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“I applaud the Grassland Bird Trust for their successful acquisition (in the Washington County Grasslands), which will further preserve this critical natural habitat and restore threatened grassland bird populations.”

– Acting New York State State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid

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