FRIENDS OF THE IBA’s 7th annual
WINTER RAPTOR FEST 2017!
Returns May 13th & 14th to the
Washington County Fairgrounds!
VIP SPECIAL! Your $25 Donation guarantees your premium RESERVED SEATING at all shows! Admission Included; Click for details…
SEE Exciting NEW Live Bird of Prey programs and demos featuring some of our most majestic raptors in flight!
LEARN about endangered Short-eared Owls, threatened Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Snowy Owls, American Kestrels and many other owls, hawks and falcons!!
MEET the raptors up close in the Exhibitor Barn where you can take pictures and talk to the educators.
Horse-drawn wagon rides, hands on activities for kids, food vendors and more round out this fun and exciting weekend where raptors rule!
ADMISSION FEE: $12 Adult, $6 Child: see Schedule for details
MEMBER FEES: $10 Adult, $5 Child – Bring Membership card
Presented, organized and founded by:
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust working to protect critical habitat for New York’s endangered Short-eared owls and other threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds. Our goal is to restore populations of at risk birds to sustainable levels.
Once one of New York’s most common owls, there are now less than 100 Short-eared owls left in the state! Learn more at: www.ibafriends.org
photo above: WRF 2016, courtesy Connie Bush
About the Washington County Grasslands
Important Bird Area
The Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, or IBA, is “critical” to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State! The area supports hundreds of other bird and animal species, including almost a dozen threatened, at risk and rapidly declining grassland bird species. Northern Harriers, Upland Sandpipers, American Kestrels, Horned Larks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Bobolinks and Grasshopper Sparrows are just a few of the species you’re likely to encounter!
Birds in Peril…
Short-eared Owls are one of the few owl species active during daylight hours. They flock together in winter, emerging between late afternoon and dusk to forage for food. They’ll often swoop over and under each other, emitting sharp, yip-like cries before flying off to hunt. Short-eared Owls nest and roost on the ground, although you can often find them roosting on fence posts or hay bales when they come out to hunt. Keep a respectful distance and you’ll be rewarded with great views and an experience you’ll never forget!
Status: Endangered (NYS)
photo courtesy Laurie LaFond
Northern Harriers: These slender raptors hunt on the wing, coursing low over the fields as they search for the mice and voles that are their usual prey. They can cover over 100 miles a day! The beautiful grey plumage and clean white underside of the male has earned him the nickname “Grey Ghost” (see photo at left). Both the male and the larger mottled brown female sport an owl-like facial disk of feathers and a prominent white rump patch. Unlike most raptors, these birds nest on the ground, making them more vulnerable to human disturbance and predators. Status: Threatened
photo courtesy Dr. Gordon Ellmers
Special thanks to the Town of Fort Edward!