Grassland Bird Trust's Vision

Laurie LaFond founded Grassland Bird Trust in 2010 with a vision of restoring populations of endangered and threatened grassland birds across New York State.  She was determined to restore breeding populations of state endangered Short-eared owls to their historic breeding grounds across the state.

Our dedicated Board Members, Staff and volunteers embraced that vision.  Together, we’ve achieved significant conservation gains for New York’s grassland birds.

We envision a resilient landscape of conserved grasslands across New York State teeming with healthy populations of native grassland birds. People of all ages and abilities will visit these protected grasslands to experience the wonder of nature:

“a flock of Short-eared owls flying low, over uncut fields lit by sunset’s glow… a Northern harrier gliding by… an Eastern meadowlark’s flute-like cry.”

Laurie LaFond 2015

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

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