FRIENDS OF THE IBA’s 7th annual 


May 13th & 14th – Washington County Fair Grounds

VIP SPECIAL! Your $25 Donation guarantees your premium RESERVED SEATING at all shows! Admission Included; Click for details… (coming soon)



SEE Exciting NEW Live Bird of Prey programs and “free-flight” demos starring some of our most majestic raptors!

LEARN about endangered Short-eared Owls, threatened Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, 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 conserve critical habitat for endangered Short-eared Owls and other threatened and at risk grassland birds. The Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State! Learn more at:

Special thanks to the Town of Fort Edward!

photo above: American Kestrel at WRF 2013, courtesy Cliff Oliver


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 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. 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, although you can often find them roosting on fence posts or hay bales. Look for these endearing owls around dusk and dawn. Keep a respectful distance and you’ll be rewarded with great views and photo ops, as well as an experience you’ll always treasure! Status: Endangered (NYS)

Northern-harrier-catch_GE_020116_3Northern 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

View other threatened and at-risk birds that breed in the Washington County Grasslands IBA.

Visit Friends of the IBA’s website to learn more about us, the birds and this unique habitat…


Thanks to our leading Sponsors:


Vendors & Exhibitors: space available; contact Sandy at (518) 854-3382 for details

Winter Raptor Fest Reserved Seating   Reserve your seating here!!
**MEMBERS ONLY!!** Can purchase advanced tickets at the reduced rate! Visit to purchase your member tickets!!

Friends of the IBA Conservation Success!

Friends of the IBA’s conservation of over 100 acres of critical habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) since last summer is paying off! More info at  

FIBA's Interview on Look Today!

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FIBA Closes on Loftus property

Loftus-Ceremony-Jerry-NOHA_W-11-2014 Jerry-Joanne-Loftus-Gre-Laurie_CO_9373 Thanks to the generosity of Gerald and Joanne Loftus Friends of the IBA has conserved 14 acres of critical habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area for our endangered and at risk birds! The parcel supports several at risk grassland bird species and is a favorite hangout for wintering Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks. More info...

FIBA Receives $20,000 Grant

Snowy-Owl-GE_021714_1 Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA (Important Bird Area) received a terrific gift just in time for the holidays – a $20,000 grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust for the creation of the Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area! Friends of the IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Fort Edward and Whitehall. More info...
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Mark your calendar for the best agricultural fair in the region when the Washington County Fair returns on Aug. 22 - 28, 2016! Sample rural living with live entertainment, 4-H and Community Displays, food, music, rides and more farm animals than anywhere else - there's something for everyone at the fair!