Guided Walks & Events

Grassland Bird Trust’s guided bird walks, field trips and events provide you with opportunities to see and learn about native grassland birds and the critical habitat they depend on for their survival!

american redstart
May 8, 2021 (8 AM – 1 PM EST)

Global Big Day Birding at Hicks Orchard

Spend Global Big Day 2021 in good company with Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) and Hicks Orchard! Global Big Day is a day to celebrate birds everywhere by getting outside and reporting your bird observations to eBird (created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Recorded observations help populate databases supporting powerful tools like animated abundance maps that help us understand global bird populations.

A ticket to Global Big Day includes: hot mulled cider and cider donuts, birdwatching with experienced bird guides from GBT and Hick’s Orchard, and a LIVE bird of prey program with Trish Markey from Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York. Lunch will be available to those interested in hanging out after the event (cost not included in ticket). We will have two main groups going out and exploring the orchard:

Early Bird Enthusiasts (starting 8 am)

Intro to Birding and Citizen Science (starting 9 am) – if you are bringing kids please select this group

Proceeds from this event will support the incredible work that both Grassland Bird Trust and Hicks Orchard are doing for the birds and the community. We hope to raise $5,000 from this event to help fund our work. Help us achieve our goal!

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Thank you to our collaborators, Hicks Orchard & Slyboro Cider, and leading sponsor, Eden Renewables, for helping us make this event a reality!

keel billed toucan
January 2022

Embark on a Costa Rican BIRDING Adventure with Grassland Bird Trust!

Join Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) on an incredible journey to the TOP BIRDING DESTINATIONS IN COSTA RICA!

GBT trip leaders Laurie LaFond, Executive Director, and Paloma Spina, Board Director, will take you on this exclusive guided tour led by Greentique Birding certified guides.  We’ll see hundreds of native bird and mammal species, including Scarlet Macaw, Resplendent Quetzal, Keel-billed Toucan, Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-throated Toucan, Fiery-billed Aracari, Baird’s Tapir, Spider monkey and more!

MEET the birds at eye level on a Canopy Tour, WALK the Cloud Forest at night, VISIT an active volcano and more!  Stay at first class eco-lodges and indulge in exquisite chef-prepared meals guilt-free, knowing your trip benefits GBT’s work to conserve critical habitat for endangered and threatened grassland birds AND supports sustainable tourism, the nature preserves and the operation of a Macaw Sanctuary/ Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica.

Greentique is a recognized leader in sustainable hospitality and travel in Costa Rica, ensuring we’ll have a dynamic and unique travel experience!

A portion of your trip fee may be tax deductible – check with Paloma for details (

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Field Trips

Encounter Short-eared owls, Snowy owls, Northern harriers, Eastern meadowlarks, Bobolinks and over 100 other species of birds and animals in their natural habitats when you join GBT’s guided bird walks, owl watches and local birding tours!  Offered at a discounted rate to GBT members! Right now we do not have any local field trips scheduled in the Grassland Important Bird Area, but make sure to check out our other birding events!

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