Front End Fundraiser March: Friends of the IBA

Healthy Living Market and Cafe is proud to announce this month’s Front End Fundraiser: Friends of the IBA(Important Bird Area). Please donate what you can to this amazing organization. All you have to do is tell your friendly cashier that you want to donate! They will take care of the rest for you! You can even sign your name on a donation card that will be hung near the front registers of the store.

From their website:

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of and protection for endangered Short-eared Owls and other at-risk birds and their habitat in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area, or IBA.

Education and Conservation remain top priorities as we work to protect our imperiled grassland birds!  Fun and educational events like Winter Raptor Fest create interest in and excitement about at risk birds and their habitat.  Field trips offer residents and visitors the chance to see and explore the IBA – and perhaps encounter some of these amazing birds for themselves!

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GOALS: We are working with interested landowners, nonprofits and state and federal agencies to conserve or acquire critical lands in the IBA from willing owners.  Our planned eco-friendly Nature Center will improve the quality of life for local residents while retaining the rural character of the community.  The Center will allow us to expand educational programs, activities, trails and recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors and serve as a focus of bird and nature-related tourism.