The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS November Presentation: Dr. Barry Noon Sharing the Landscape With Dangerous Animals Tiger Conservation in India

    "Tiger Conservation in India"

    Thursday, November 8th, 2018

    Dr. Barry Noon presents his current research on tiger conservation in India. 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 and Renewing Members

    • Gina C Janett
    • James Kuhn
    • Sue Taigman

    • Bruce Vigneault†
    • John W Waddell†

    Thank you for your membership! Your support makes our programs and conservation efforts possible and helps us achieve our mission of connecting people to the natural world.


    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 youíd like to keep receiving the Ptarmigan, please support your local chapter and subscribe.

  • Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation

    Trying to help a sick or injured bird? These resources are ready to help!

President's Corner

FCAS needs volunteers

by John Shenot

Itís that time of year again when I invite FCAS members to consider volunteering to serve on our Board of Directors. At our annual meeting in January, the membership will elect five officers (President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary) and up to six Directors at Large. The president serves a two-year term, starting immediately after the January meeting. All other positions serve one-year terms.

I want to emphasize that you donít need to be an expert in birding, wildlife, non-profit management, or anything else to serve on the board. The only exception is that we like to have a treasurer who has financial management, accounting, bookkeeping, or related experience.

I also get asked questions about the time commitment required to serve. The answer varies from one board member to the next, but something like six to 10 hours per month is probably the minimum time commitment. Board members volunteer their time in several ways. First, the Board of Directors meets once a month for two hours, every month. Second, board members attend our two-hour monthly membership meetings, which occur only nine times per year. (It is acceptable and commonplace for board members to occasionally miss board and membership meetings, so the possibility of missing some meetings should not stop anyone from volunteering to serve.) Third, officers and directors may spend a few hours each month keeping up with email correspondence related to FCAS business. And fourth, board members share the burden of miscellaneous activities such as supporting FCAS outreach (e.g., by attending community events), and monitoring and participating in public policy debates (e.g., by drafting comments on a land use proposal or regulation). The time commitment for these activities is variable and unpredictable, but usually wonít exceed 10 hours per month for Directors at Large. The time commitment may be somewhat greater for officers.

If you might be interested in a position on the Board of Directors, please contact me or one of the members of our nominating committee, whose names will be announced at the October 11 monthly meeting. Iíd be happy to answer any questions you might have.



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 ďLike" 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.