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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January 2022

Embark on a Costa Rican BIRDING Adventure with Grassland Bird Trust!

Join Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) on an incredible journey to the TOP BIRDING DESTINATIONS IN COSTA RICA!

GBT trip leaders Laurie LaFond, Executive Director, and Paloma Spina, Board Director, will take you on this exclusive guided tour led by Greentique Birding certified guides.  We’ll see hundreds of native bird and mammal species, including Scarlet Macaw, Resplendent Quetzal, Keel-billed Toucan, Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-throated Toucan, Fiery-billed Aracari, Baird’s Tapir, Spider monkey and more!

MEET the birds at eye level on a Canopy Tour, WALK the Cloud Forest at night, VISIT an active volcano and more!  Stay at first class eco-lodges and indulge in exquisite chef-prepared meals guilt-free, knowing your trip benefits GBT’s work to conserve critical habitat for endangered and threatened grassland birds AND supports sustainable tourism, the nature preserves and the operation of a Macaw Sanctuary/ Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica.

Greentique is a recognized leader in sustainable hospitality and travel in Costa Rica, ensuring we’ll have a dynamic and unique travel experience!

A portion of your trip fee may be tax deductible – check with Paloma for details (pspina@grasslandbirdtrust.org).

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Field Trips

Encounter Short-eared owls, Snowy owls, Northern harriers, Eastern meadowlarks, Bobolinks and over 100 other species of birds and animals in their natural habitats when you join GBT’s guided bird walks, owl watches and local birding tours!

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Grassland Bird News is a free publication that discusses our work to expand conservation of critical habitats for endangered and rapidly vanishing grassland birds. Check it out!

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Recent News

Global Big Day 2021 at Hicks Orchard Raised $5,000 for Grassland Bird Trust

On May 8, 2021, friends of Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) gathered at Hicks Orchard to participate in Global Big Day, a worldwide event where bird-lovers reported bird observations to eBird during the peak of spring bird migration. Our event was just one of many that contributed to a world-record-setting day! There were 51,800 people spanning 192 countries […]

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Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Grassland Bird Trust, Inc. is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust […]

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GBT Awarded Two Exciting Grants!

The “Capacity & Excellence Grant” From the NYS Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) a $50,000 “Capacity & Excellence Grant” in December 2020. The program is funded through NY’s Environmental Protection Fund. “The grants announced today support – activities […]

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