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05/08/2018 eNews
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Tell New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Chair Helene E. Weinstein you want critical habitat for NY’s endangered and threatened grassland birds protected NOW!

Tell them to pass Bill #A-6759 so that Short-eared owls and other imperiled grassland birds do not disappear from New York State. We have only four weeks left to get this bill passed!

The bill would amend NY’s real property tax law to require the state to pay taxes on lands it owns in towns within the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA). This legislation, when passed, will enable these economically distressed rural communities to support grassland bird conservation, without reducing the local tax base.

Call or email Speaker Heastie and Ways and Means Chair Weinstein today! Tell them you support Assembly Bill 6759 and FIBA and DEC efforts to protect and restore NY’s endangered Short-eared owls, Snowy owls and other grassland bird “species of greatest conservation need.”

If you can spare a few more minutes, please contact your Assembly Member and ask them to co-sponsor or at least vote for this bill. (www.nyassembly.gov/mem).

Contact us if your organization would like to sign on to FIBA's letter of support for this vital legislation.

SIGN THE PLEDGE

See live owls, hawks and falcons up close and in flight at FIBA’s 8th annual Winter Raptor Fest! Explore the all NEW Wild Encounter exhto see the birds in their “natural” habitats, including some of our most endangered species! Keep an eye out for live fox, fisher, porcupine and other animals along the way!

Horse-drawn “Birding” wagon, hands-on activities for kids, exhibitors, food vendors, “For the Birds” store and more round out this exciting weekend where raptors rule! All activities take place under cover except Birding wagon so event will be held rain or shine.

Winter Raptor Fest returns to the Washington County Fairgrounds on May 19 & 20. HOURS: Saturday 10 -4, Sunday 11-4. Gordon Ellmers will sign prints of his photos from 12 -2 both days. Visit www.winterraptorfest.com website for program schedule and descriptions and admission fees, or call 518-499-0012 for more info. VIP Passes guarantee front row seats; purchase online or call.

Winter Raptor Fest is a fundraiser for FIBA's work to protect critical habitat for NY’s endangered and threatened grassland birds. Learn more at: www.ibafriends.org

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