Recent Events

Grassland Bird Trust has been working hard to provide you with the best birding experience in Washington County and beyond! We have hosted a wide variety of events from our popular bird walks to educational talks and social events such as a farm-to-table feast. This is not a comprehensive list of all events we have hosted since our founding in 2010. However, it does reflect what  we’ve been up to in the past couple of years.

Linked below are relevant news blog articles and/or photo galleries on past events:

May 8, 2021: Global Big Day 2021 at Hicks Orchard (1st Annual)

May 8, 2021: Brooklyn Bird Club Annual Birdathon (GBT recipient of funds raised)

August 1, 2021: Farm Feast for Grassland Birds

September 2021: The Food Truck Corral (GBT appearance)

October 2021: Saratoga Independent School event (GBT appearance)

September 25th, 2021: Back to School for Birders talk with Steve Sanford

January 21st to February 1st, 2022: Costa Rican Birding Adventure

February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2022: Cambridge Forest Birding Walks with Sue Van Hook (co-sponsored with Agricultural Stewardship Association)

February 19, 2022: Owl and Raptor Walk with Bo Harris and Rich Speidel

February 26th, 2022: Grassland Tour with Ron Renoni for Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and Rutland County Vermont

March 13th, 2022: March Grasslands Bird Walk with Steve Sanford

 

Our bird walks and events are popular amongst bird lovers and enthusiasts of all ages! Check out what people have to say about our last bird walk of the winter 2021/2022 season: 

“We had a lovely day at the guided bird walk hosted by Grassland Bird Trust in March.  The walk was originally scheduled for 3/12 but a bad weather pattern rolled in which would be unpleasant for bird watching.  However, we received an email from the Vice President, Paloma Spina, right away.  She coordinated with the tour guide Steve Sanford and all the registered members and immediately rescheduled us for the following day without missing a beat!  There was a great turnout the next day!  We met Board Secretary, Kathy Roome who was very friendly and welcoming, and who took the time to meet and greet all attendees.  Our guide, Steve handed out beautiful handmade owl artwork cards which we took home as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.  They even treated everyone with some wine and snacks.  After Kathy marked off all the guests from her check-in clipboard, they handed us maps indicating the spots where there had been historical sightings and where our caravan would course.  At each stop along the map, Steve gave detailed information about birds and all the while weaving exciting and fun personal stories.  The sun was getting lower in the sky and gave the early evening a beautiful soft hue. It turned out to be an active time of day for the raptors and other birds!  We were so fortunate to see many Harriers and Rough Legged Hawks.  Steve even tracked a Short Eared Owl which he framed in his standing monocular for everyone to get a good look at.  It was my first time ever seeing an owl in the wild. It was such a thrill!  Just as the tour ended, our family spotted the coveted SNOWY OWL!  It felt like we saw a unicorn!  What a gift!  Our bird walk hosted by Grassland Bird Trust summed up to be a very special adventure.  It was the perfect evening for bird enthusiasts to come together, enjoy nature and share a unique experience.  Although the weather was cold and gray that evening, the company was warm and inviting.  We look forward to our next event!
Thank you Paloma, Kathy and Steve!”
-The Niles Family
“Steve Sanford led a fabulous walk on March 13 with delicious food provided throughout the tour by Terry Griffin.   Apart from a group of hardy birders, some wonderful birds showed up including northern harriers,  rough legged hawks, red tails, a kestrel (doing a first rate job of demonstrating hovering skills), turkey vultures (whose early appearance surprised and interested Steve as a climate change indicator), two short-eared owls and to top it off, a snowy owl as we left.  What a wonderful send off to the winter birds!”
-Board secretary and board member, Kathy Roome

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