WINTER RAPTOR FEST 2014 returns March 29 & 30 to Gallup Ridge Farm!
FORT EDWARD, NEW YORK
EXCITING NEW LIVE BIRD OF PREY PROGRAMS & FREE-FLIGHT Demos starring some of our most majestic and mesmerizing raptors, including Short-eared Owls, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Snowy Owl and more!!
PRESENTATION details coming soon…
FRIENDS OF THE IBA’s 4th annual Winter Raptor Fest offers your chance to see endangered Short-eared owls and other wintering raptors in the wild!
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA (Important Bird Area) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to protect and conserve endangered Short-eared Owls and other at risk birds of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA).
click here to learn more about our work to conserve this unique habitat and establish an Interpretive Center and trails in the IBA…
VIEW WINTER RAPTOR FEST 2013
March 23 & 24, Gallup Ridge Farm, Fort Edward, NY!
Meet the birds that depend on the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, or IBA, for their survival and get a taste of the IBA experience! Fun and educational Live Bird of Prey programs and “Free-flight” demonstrations introduce you to the IBA’s native owls, hawks and falcons, including some of our most endangered species! Visit the Exhibitor Barn for a chance to see the raptors up close, take photos and ask questions.
Guided snowshoe walks to look for at-risk raptors and other wintering birds, an Owl Watch on Saturday evening, horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides, make and take crafts for kids, food vendors and more round out this fun and exciting weekend where raptors rule! Fee.
Click to Learn how you can receive FREE Tickets and reserved seating at Winter Raptor Fest 2013 Live Bird of Prey programs…
Winter Raptor Fest is a “fun” and educational fundraiser to support Friends of the IBA efforts to protect endangered, threatened and at-risk birds of the Washington County Grasslands IBA and conserve their habitat.
About the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area
The Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) is critical to the survival of Short-eared owls in New York State! Watching a flock of these amazing owls swoop under and over each other before flying off to hunt is a thrill you will never forget!
The IBA also provides important habitat for almost a dozen other threatened, at risk and rapidly declining bird species, including Northern Harriers, Upland Sandpipers, American Kestrels, Eastern Meadowlarks and Grasshopper Sparrows more…
Short-eared Owls are one of the few owl species active during daylight hours. In winter, they often gather in small flocks around dusk, swooping over and under each other and exchanging sharp, yip-like cries before flying off to hunt.
Short-eared Owls nest and roost on the ground, but you can often find them roosting on fence posts or hay bales on their wintering grounds in the IBA. Look for these endearing owls early to mid-morning or late afternoons, especially on overcast days. Keep a respectful distance and you’ll be rewarded with great views and photo ops, as well as an experience you’ll always treasure!
Northern Harriers Like the Short-eareds, these slender raptors hunt on the wing, coursing low over the contours of the land – at times just a few feet above the ground. They can cover over 100 miles a day in their search for the mice and voles that are their usual prey! The beautiful grey plumage and clean white underside of the male has earned him the nickname “Grey Ghost.”
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. Several pairs are known to breed and winter in the Washington County Grasslands IBA.
View other threatened and at-risk birds that breed in the Washington County Grasslands IBA.
Visit Friends of the IBA’s new website to learn more about us, the birds and this unique habitat…
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of and protection for endangered and at-risk birds of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area. We continue to work with other nonprofits, local businesses and the community to promote tourism to the region as we work toward our goal of conserving this unique IBA. Events like Winter Raptor Fest provide fun and educational opportunities for youth and adults to see and learn about the IBA’s at risk birds and their habitat – and help us raise awareness of this unique natural treasure!