What’s Your Favorite Spring Bird? GBT Volunteers Weigh In.

We have lift-off! The siren call of a growing, brighter light has launched thousands, nay, millions of long-haul flights. And although triggered by the sun, most of these journeys are flown in darkness, guided by the moon and stars. These are the eco-friendliest of all eco-friendly flights, powered by insects, seeds, and fruit, and some […]

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Short-eared Owl

Winter Secrets of the New York Grasslands

Read Roberta Kravette’s notes on the birds that winter in the Fort Edward, NY grasslands. She provides a great description of the birds that winter here, where to find them, and the best time to spot them. In addition, there are some incredible photos by bird and wildlife photographer Gordon Ellmers of Northern Harriers, American Kestrels, Barred […]

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Short-eared Owl in New York grasslands

GBT in the news due to latest threat to grassland birds

Solar panels threaten the endangered Short-eared Owl and other grassland birds and their habitat: Audubon (June 1, 2023): Conservation Groups Aim to Cushion Birds from Solar Power Boom Hill Country Observer (Dec 2022/Jan 2023): Threatened and endangered Washington County grassland birds collide with renewable energy Times Union (Dec 27, 2022): Solar arrays threaten vanishing grassland […]

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Autumn Birding in the Grasslands. Who is Staying. Who is Passing Through.

Listen!   There is something in the rustling leaves. As our colorful, boisterous, fair-weather friends head south, others breeze in. And this season means fewer distractions and less camouflaging foliage! For me, photo ops are a big autumn bonus. The season’s burnished reds, oranges, and golds with autumn’s amber-tinged light make stunning backdrops for avian photography. […]

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GBT Tackles Invasive Species On Its Land

Thanks to the hard work of Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) leaders and volunteers Ron Renoni (past GBT president), Keith Swensen (current GBT president), Mark Janey, and Tom Federlin, GBT was able to secure funding to work on invasive species management on its land. The funding was acquired from the Capital Region PRISM, a Partnership for […]

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Upland Sandpiper, the "shorebird of the prairie"

The Grasslands’ Summer Birds Return!

Summer in the Grasslands! The chirps and croaks and buzzing of a million unseen creatures floating on the clover-scented breeze foretell the return of friends old and new. To arrive back to our grassland they made amazing treks some across open ocean and perilous stretches of industry. They dodged skyscrapers and faced inclement weather, food […]

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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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