We envision a resilient landscape of conserved grasslands across North America teeming with healthy populations of native grassland birds.
Short-eared owls, Northern harriers, Upland sandpipers, Bobolinks, meadowlarks and other iconic grassland bird species are once again a common sight across their historic breeding and wintering grounds.
Conserved grasslands support an abundance of birds, pollinators and other wildlife, and local communities benefit from grassland conservation and wildlife watching ecotourism.
Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) partners with landowners, government agencies and other organizations and stakeholders to ensure the recovery of endangered and threatened grassland bird species while expanding economic benefits for local communities.
One day GBT’s wings will span continents.
Laurie LaFond founded Grassland Bird Trust in 2010 determined to restore state-endangered Short-eared owls and other threatened and at-risk grassland birds to their historic breeding grounds.
She envisioned a day when children and adults of all ages and abilities could visit conserved grasslands across and beyond New York State to experience the wonders of the grassland for themselves…
“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)