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!

When: September 25, 2021 at 10 am EST - outdoors rain or shine!

Where: Chestnut Ridge Farm (90 County Route 60 Cambridge, NY 12816)

Cost: Free for members! If you are not a member, purchase a 1-year GBT membership for $25 to RSVP for the event. 

Back to School ... for Birders!

Get ready for GBT’s next event! Whether you are a beginning birder or an eagle-eyed expert, improve your birding skills with one of New York State’s leading ecologists. Retired DEC Chief Ecologist and artist Steve Sanford will delve into the science of birding and bird behavior. He will provide tips on how to identify birds both by eye and ear (Steve relies on his ears 80% of the time.) He’ll also give advice about how to make the best use of your feeders. And there will be a test! (Just for fun at the end.)

Following Steve’s talk in a beautifully renovated 19th Century barn, there will be a chance (weather permitting) to take a one hour walk with Steve across Chestnut Ridge Farm’s breathtaking landscape.

Fun, food, and friends (both new and old, feathered and otherwise) will be provided.

Join us as we learn more about the world right here in our own neighborhoods.

Reserve now as space is limited. Donations for our fine feathered friends always welcome in person or at check-out (the option to donate is always available).

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!

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