Grasslands are being lost. Grassland birds are at risk. You can help!

property_sign_finalproperty_sign_finalDo you own grasslands (including old fields, pasture, hayfields and farms) on property in eastern Greene County? Are you willing to incorporate a few simple management practices on your grasslands to manage for grassland bird conservation? If so, you may be interested in learning more about becoming a Grassland Habitat Steward with the Greene Land Trust...

Click here for our brochure: "Become a Grassland Habitat Steward" (PDF).

(For more detailed information about grassland habitat stewardship, please read our grassland landowner guidebook: "Conserving Greene County Grasslands: A Landowner's Guide". Call the Greene Land Trust to request a copy at 518-731-5544.)

Who is eligible to become a Grassland Habitat Steward?
Any DSC00704DSC00704landowner that has all of the following attributes:
1. Owns 10 or more acres of grassland, or land restorable to grassland; and,
2. Owns grassland located in the Greene County Grassland Conservation Focus Area; and,
3. Is willing to commit to the voluntary "Grassland Habitat Stewardship Pledge".

Assistance and Support for Grassland Habitat Stewards:
Once you have signed the Grassland Habitat Stewardship Pledge, the Greene Land Trust will work with you to manage your grasslands and promote your stewardship commitment.  Grassland Habitat Stewards will receive:

  • Attractive property signs to communicate voluntary habitat stewardship.
  • A site-specific Habitat Management Plan (click here for an example).
  • A copy of "Conserving Greene County Grasslands: A Landowner's Guide".
  • A beautiful "Grassland Birds of Greene County" poster with illustrations by nationally acclaimed local artist, James Coe.
  • Recognition in Greene Land Trust publications, website and events.
  • Technical assistance, when resources allow, with grassland habitat management.   

10 Simple Actions for Grassland Habitat Stewardship:
A few simple management practices can go a long way toward providing good habitat forMow grasslands after August 1st to protect nesting birds and keep out shrubs and trees.  Mow grasslands after August 1st to protect nesting birds and keep out shrubs and trees. declining grassland-dependent bird species and other wildlife.  The Greene Land Trust can help you find a balance of practices that are complimentary with how your land is used in relation to what grassland birds need.  Here are a few recommended grassland management practices to consider.   

  1. Nesting season is May through July.  Grassland birds nest on the ground, so keep grassland areas as undisturbed as possible during these three critical months.
  2. Mow grasslands (after August 1st) every 2-3 years to keep out trees, shrubs and weeds. 
  3. Plant grass seed to maintain a diversity of grass heights and densities.
  4. Help to reduce nest predation risks, especially by cats.
  5. Consider removing hedgerows - these are seen as "walls" by grassland birds and limit their habitat, as well as provide corridors for nest predators.
  6. Keep grassland areas free of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. 
  7. Monitor for invasive grassland plants.
  8. Manage any wetlands or wet meadows on the property for habitat.
  9. To enhance bird habitat, install nest boxes or perching posts.
  10. Post conservation signage to increase awareness of grassland bird habitat stewardship.  
  • Irish Dinner and Music

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    Corned Beef Dinner with music by

     "Lawson, traditional music of Ireland"

    Saturday March 9, 2019

    6:00 PM

    Willow at Brandow Point

    480 Rt. 385 Athens, NY 


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    Join us for a corned beef and cabbage dinner with music by “Lawson, traditional music of Ireland,” at the historic 18th century Willows at Brandow Point.  

    "Lawson",(Hilary and Eric) gave a memorable performance last year that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and we are delighted to have them back for this evening of good food and music.  


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  • Holiday Open House and Party

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    Leigh Ann Smith, Full Moon Willows, 11 x 14, oil on canvas, 2017


    Holiday Open House at the Willows

    480 Rt 385 Athens, NY  12015

    Saturday December 1, 2018 1-4 PM

    Join us on December 1 to celebrate the season!  Once again this year we will have the Willows at Brandow Point decorated and open to the public for a free event on Saturday. 

    Local author and illustrator, Hudson Talbott will be doing a book signing from 2:30 to 4 with three of his books:  "River of Dreams -The Story of the Hudson River," "United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds Their Stories, Their Glories," and his new book "Picturing America:Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art."

    We will have a simple holiday craft for kids to make, and of course refreshments.  We hope you will stop by to see progress on the restoration of this beautiful old house and visit with us about our plans and events for the coming year.  


    Festive Evening Celebration

    Friday November 30, 2018  6:30-8:30 PM


    Please join us for our FREE Saturday Open House


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