12/02/2019 eNews
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Thanks to all Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) members, supporters, partners, event sponsors and volunteers for helping to make 2019 GBT's most successful year ever!  We look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Special Thanks to Land Trust Alliance (LTA) for their continued support of GBT's work!  Their personal mentoring and annual New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) grants have enabled us to grow our organization and conserve more land! 

Thanks, too, for the $500 scholarship that helped send three GBT team members to RALLY, the National Land Conservation Conference! 

NYSCPP is funded through New York's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and administered by Land Trust Alliance and DEC. 
Special Thanks to Washington County Soil & Water for funding grassland bird management on GBT lands again this year! 

The funds covered the scheduled mowing on the 64 acres, planting evergreen trees as a windbreak for the viewing blind/ roosting sites for wintering Short-eared owls, and other necessary maintenance.

Thanking NYS DEC for
Grassland Conservation!

Thanks to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Fish & Wildlife
and Division of Lands & Forests staff for their work to conserve, manage and protect New York’s grasslands - and for their support of Grassland Bird Trust!   

Thanks to DEC wildlife biologists and technicians who manage and maintain state lands in the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) with the help of DEC general services staff! They also manage invasive species, build trails and viewing platforms, conduct bird surveys, install and monitor kestrel and bluebird nest boxes and perform other duties as necessary.  

Thanks to DEC forest rangers who monitor the WMA and surrounding lands to protect grassland birds and educate the public about the importance of conserving the birds and their habitat.  Rangers are designated as police officers with full statewide authority.  They will exercise that authority when necessary, but place a high value on education and stewardship.

DEC staff work closely with GBT to protect and manage critical habitat for endangered and threatened birds.  We work together on land conservation, stewardship, public education and creating infrastructure to support increasing wildlife viewing tourism to the region.

COMING IN 2020:  A new wildlife viewing trail, universally accessible parking area and viewing blind on the 180 acres added to the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA)!

Giving Tuesday is December 3rd!
Please join us on December 3rd to celebrate Giving Tuesday by
making a donation! 
Your year end contribution to GBT will make a difference.
Join GBT at the 2nd Annual Adirondack Christkindlmarkt at Festival Commons in Lake George! 

Festival Hours
Friday December 6th: 3pm - 9pm
Saturday December 7th: 11am - 9pm
Sunday December 8th: 10am - 4pm
Come decorate your own owl ornament with GBT in the Children's Activities Tent throughout the weekend! 
Join us on:

Friday December 6th: 3pm - 9pm
Saturday December 7th: 11am - 5pm
Sunday December 8th: 1pm - 4pm
COMING IN 2020:  We're working on exciting new conservation projects that have the potential to conserve hundreds more acres of critical habitat for our endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds.  

  Have a wonderful holiday season from the GBT Team!
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