Conserving Critical Habitat for Endangered Grassland Birds

Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust conserving critical habitat for  endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds.  We’ve conserved over 250 acres of prime habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) since our founding in 2010.

We’re working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and other major partners to protect thousands more acres of critical habitat for endangered and at-risk grassland birds across New York State and the Eastern U.S.

We’re also working to build a National Grassland Coalition to increase the scale and pace of grassland conservation across North America.

GBT owns and manages 78 acres at our Alfred Z. Solomon (AZS) Grassland Bird Viewing Area in Fort Edward, located in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands IBA.  This area supports 10 of 11 of New York’s most imperiled grassland bird species.  It is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State!

GBT is a proud member of the Land Trust Alliance.


GBT’s annual Winter Raptor Fest event educates youth and adults about native raptors and at-risk birds and supports our work to conserve permanently protect critical habitat for our rapidly vanishing grassland birds.  Our Owl Watches, Guided Walks and Field Trips offer residents and visitors the chance to see and explore the grasslands with us – and perhaps encounter some of these amazing birds for themselves!

 There’s more to do – we invite you to join us!


Grassland Bird Trust, Inc. (formerly Friends of the IBA) received nonprofit status from the IRS in 2011.

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