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New York state expands popular grassland bird area
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31 July 2018
On 31 July 2018 The Associated Press reported:
New York is buying 180 acres to expand a wildlife area that's a popular destination for birders looking for snowy owls and other rare birds of prey. The Department of Environmental Conservation is adding the land to the existing 286-acre Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area in Fort Edward. The state-owned area is within a 2,000-acre grassland recognized by the National Audubon Society as critical bird habitat.
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The area is the largest stretch of open grassland in eastern New York. It's home to 10 of the state's most imperiled grassland birds, including short-eared owls and northern harriers.
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Online: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC): Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area click https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/97661.html
The primary purposes of Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA encompasses 478 acres of former agricultural lands. The land for this area was purchased from numerous private individuals in 2012, 2013, and 2018. DEC continues to purchase additional lands and provide the necessary infrastructure for public use.
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