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

Tour 1: March 16 to March 27, 2023 (SOLD OUT!)
Tour 2: March 29 to April 9, 2023 (OPEN)

Birding Tour in Namibia & Botswana


Have you ever wanted to go on an African birding adventure? This is your chance! Grassland Bird Trust is working with Destination: Wildlife and Nature Travel Birds to provide you with a hand-crafted birding and wildlife watching trip made just for Grassland Bird Trust! This tour will not only benefit local conservation in Namibia and Botswana but will also help fund GBT’s projects related to grassland conservation.

On this trip, we will seek out 620 species of birds and wildlife (lions, elephants, rhino, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and more) traveling by air-conditioned vehicle with a window seat for each guest, take short walks and a private Okavango River cruise. After unforgettable days, we’ll enjoy breathtaking sunsets and delicious dinners at comfortable full-service lodges!

GBT board director Paloma Spina and travel advisor Roberta Kravette will take you from Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, north through Etosha National Park and east all the way to Botswana. Paloma will lead tour 1 and Roberta will lead tour 2. Tour 2 will only be held if tour 1 fills up and there are enough interested people on our waitlist. If tour 1 dates do not work for you and you would like to attend tour 2, please reach out to us to be placed on the waitlist for tour 2 (contact info on the trip flyer and event page linked below).

Pictured: Southern Carmine Bee-eater
Picture Credit: Nature Travel Birds

Download Trip Flyer RSVP Here
October 2, 2022
4:00PM — 6:00PM

Wildlife Photography & Invasive Species Talks at Little Theater on the Farm

Little Theater on the Farm has graciously allowed Grassland Bird Trust to host a couple of informational sessions for all our bird enthusiasts and naturalists! This event will be similar to a couple of educational presentations we hosted in 2021 (if you came to those). Come hang out with us and meet other fellow birders and naturalists in the community.

The event schedule is as follows:

– Invasive species management (presented by Addison Kubik from PRISM) – 4 pm

– Getting Into Wildlife Photography & Birding (presented by talented artists who value ethical practices: Deborah Bryk and Ryan Van Meter) – 5 pm

Your ticket is valid for the entire event (both sessions). You may come to one or both sessions if you desire. This event is FREE for GBT members. Donate any amount to get a 1-yr GBT membership. Your donations are used to fund our grassland conservation projects!

Picture: one of the shots of the short-eared owl Ryan Van Meter submitted to the art show hosted at Hicks Orchard in spring 2022


Recent News

The Grassland’s Summer Birds Return!

Summer in the Grasslands! The chirps and croaks and buzzing of a million unseen creatures floating on the clover-scented breeze foretell the return of friends old and new. To arrive back to our grassland they made amazing treks some across open ocean and perilous stretches of industry. They dodged skyscrapers and faced inclement weather, food […]

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Grassland Bird Trust Goes to Costa Rica!

Birds are not the only species 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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Our Partners:

Washington County Soil and Water Conservation Land Trust Alliance Watchable Wildlife