The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Swan Lakes

    "Swan Lakes" Presentation

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Author Steve Jones will discuss one of North America's most heartening wildlife stories, the recovery of Sandhill Crane populations. Learn more here.

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    Photo Gallery

    The photo gallery needs your bird pictures! Please submit your favorite photos for inclusion. Find out more here.

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    FCAS Apparel

    Don't venture out on another fieldtrip without one of our shirts, caps or other items with our beautiful ptarmigans logo on them. Find out more here.

  • FCAS welcomes new National Audubon Society members by sending one complimentary copy of our newsletter. Join us at our monthly programs on the second Thursday of the month. National dues do not cover the cost of printing and mailing the newsletter, so if you’d like to keep receiving the Ptarmigan, please support your local chapter and subscribe.

President's Corner

Thank You!

by John Shenot

Every year when we elect new Board members, those of us on the Board sense the appreciation of the members for our willingness to volunteer. And every time someone leaves the Board, we thank them for their service at a chapter meeting. But I don’t think I’ve done enough as your current President to acknowledge and thank our volunteers and contractors. I want to use this month’s column to single out three of our most devoted helpers—though they are by no means the only ones.

Denise Bretting organizes and leads our monthly bird surveys at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. Since I do double-duty as Field Trip coordinator, I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know that every month there will be at least one field trip that will be well-organized, well-attended, and enjoyable. I don’t have to do anything other than ask Denise the dates and start times. She makes the magic happen, month after month, and we all benefit from her efforts. (So does the City of Fort Collins, which has received the survey data for all these years!) Thanks, Denise!

Scott Miller is our webmaster and Carol Jones is our newsletter editor. Both receive a token payment for their efforts, but their value to FCAS is far greater than any payment they receive. We have a website that is getting better and better every year, and this lovely newsletter gets published month after month with nary a glitch. Both work very independently, and I literally wouldn’t know what to do without them. Each of them has been helping this chapter for years, and we all benefit from their efforts. Thanks, Scott and Carol!



Find FCAS on Facebook for Field Trip Information

FCAS has a Facebook page where we post announcements about upcoming field trips, last minute changes to scheduled trips, and high-lights of most of our outings. Just click on the “Like" button in the plugin to Like our page! Our announcements should then appear on your wall. You can also click on "Fort Collins Audubon Society" to be taken directly to the Facebook page. Note: All field trips are also announced in the Ptarmigan and on our website.


Fort Collins Audubon Society

Serving Larimer County, Colorado, and Surrounding Areas.

The Fort Collins Audubon Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to nature appreciation, environmental education, and conservation activities.

FCAS Mission Statement

  • To promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, through education, participation, stewardship, and advocacy.