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.  
  • Concert on the Lawn

    Benefit Concert 

    on the Lawn at the historic

    Willows at Brandow Point

    Saturday September 29, 2018 2-5:30

    The Willows, 480 Rt 385 Athens, NY

    An afternoon of music at the Willows at Brandow Point.


    Wickers Creek Band at the Willows September 29, 2018

    The event kicked off at 2 PM with music by Wickers Creek Band.  They performed an eclectic mix of traditional American music, primarily in the Bluegrass tradition. 

    They were followed by Breakneck Ridge Revue , a folk "jam band" of Hudson Valley musicians building twangy but danceable sets around a mix of traditional and original songs ranging from blues to folk to rock -- from John Prine to the Beatles -- but always with a homegrown feel.

    The weather was wonderful and all who attended enjoyed the afternoon. Food and beverages were provided by Crossroads Brewery and Best of the Wurst.  

     Just like Subaru-- Dog Tested and Dog Approved.  Really good hot dogs from Best of the Wurst.




  • The Birds and the Trees

    "The Birds and the Trees - and Oh-My, More"

    A fall family educational event to explore the outdoors with well-known bird expert Rich Guthrie. Rich is heard regularly on WAMC.

    The four-part program is designed to increase your knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment and fall migration habits of bird species.

    The first session will be an indoor, introductory session.  The following three sessions will be field trips to various sites owned or managed by the Greene Land Trust in Greene County. 


    Session 1 Friday Evening September 21, at the Willows, 480 Rt 385 Athens

    Session 2 Saturday Morning September 22 – field trip TBD

    Session 3 Saturday Morning October 13 – field trip TBD

    Session 4 Saturday Morning October 20 – field trip TBD

    The cost is $20 per adult for the series.  Children with adult(s) are free. 

    Space is limited so call soon to reserve your spot. Call 518-731-5544 to register.  


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