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Winter Raptor Fest

General Event

Description of Event

Join Friends of the IBA at Winter Raptor Fest as we celebrate our native raptors!

Hawks, owls or falcons swoop past your head as they demonstrate their aerial agility in exciting free-flight raptor shows on both days of Winter Raptor Fest weekend!

Live Bird of Prey programs offer plenty of chances to see and learn about the owls, falcons and hawks that depend on the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, or IBA for their survival.

Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides, Guided Bird Walks, Owl Watches, hands-on activities for kids, exhibitors and vendors round out this fun and exciting weekend where raptors rule! Food available for purchase on site.

Driving Directions

from I-87 :

Take Exit 14 / Saratoga – Stay in the left exit lane
Turn left onto Union Ave. after the stop sign
About a mile down, turn left onto Gilbert Road
About a mile down, turn right on NY-29 E/ Lake Ave
Continue for about 9 miles, then turn right onto Broad Street
After a half mile, turn left onto Ferry Street at the light
Washington County Fairgrounds is about two miles on the left – look for Winter RaptorFest sign

Event Setting

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!


Admission Fee (if any)

ADMISSION FEE: $12 Adult, $6 Child; MEMBER FEES: $10 Adult, $5 Child – Bring Membership card