Conserving Endangered Species

Grassland Bird Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust conserving critical habitat for New York’s endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds.  We’ve conserved over 200 acres of critical habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (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!

Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) is the only nonprofit dedicated to acquiring and permanently protecting critical habitat across  New York State for endangered and at-risk grassland birds.  We currently own and manage 78 acres within the viewshed of our Alfred Z. Solomon (AZS) Grassland Bird Viewing Area in Fort Edward.

We are 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 generates support for our work to conserve critical habitat for our rapidly vanishing grassland birds.

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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Winter Raptor Fest 2020

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

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