Important Notice

Chapter name change Resolution Results

The Chapter name change has been adopted. Please go to this link to view the results: Name Change Adopted

The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Event December 2023

    December Event:
    Annual Member Potluck and Slideshow

    Thursday, December 14th, 2023

    This will be an evening of fabulous food, fun fellowship and fantastic won't want to miss it! Join us December 14th, 2023 Learn more here.

  • bird migration youtube

    YouTube recording ”Ft Collins Audubon Meeting 11/9/23 Heather Reider: “Understanding Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza“

    Heather Reider - 11/9/23

    Watch Now | Previous Recordings

  • photo gallery

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

  • Education Grant

    The Alex Cringan Memorial Grant, sponsored by FCAS, provides funds to raise environmental awareness for future generations. Dr. Alex Cringan was a Colorado State University Professor of wildlife biology, a founding member and past president of the Fort Collins Audubon Society, a frequent field-trip leader, and a friend and a role model for many FCAS members. Shortly after his passing in October 2012, FCAS created the Alex Cringan grant to provide money for educational purposes. The purpose of the grant is to provide financial assistance to teachers and students involved in a project teaching or researching natural resources so they can enhance their skills and share their knowledge with others.

    Teachers, and students! The Fort Collins Audubon Society has an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about conservation. You can apply for a $300.00 Alex Cringan Memorial Grant and use the funding to do a project, take a workshop, sign up for an online class or research a topic of interest to you! Now would be a great time to learn more about birds and connect with nature!

    Click here for an application.

  • FCAS Welcomes New and Renewing Members

    • Craig Busack
    • Barbara Case
    • Judith Christy
    • Paul Gibson
    • Andrew Goris
    • Jesse Gray
    • Adam Johnson
    • Patti L. Johnson
    • David Leatherman
    • Sheila Lee
    • Robert Mann
    • Kelli McKay
    • Cheryl Orwig
    • Thomas Schultz
    • Kimberly Vercimak

    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 you’d like to keep receiving the Ptarmigan, please support your local chapter and subscribe.

President's Corner

Member Input

by John Shenot

The theme of my column this month is member input. We are a little different from many of the national environmental groups that take dues and donations from “members” and use the money to do good deeds without the members’ direct involvement. FCAS strives to engage our members as partners and directly provide services to them. We are an all-volunteer organization, and I view every member as a partner in achieving our mis-sion. That’s why every so often I like to take the temperature of our members through feedback and ideas. If you have thoughts about any or all of the following questions, I hope you will contact me at

  • Have you attended an FCAS program, field trip, or community event in the last year? Was it a good use of your time?
  • What is FCAS not doing that you think we should?
  • What are we already doing that you think we can we do better? How might we improve?
  • Is there anything FCAS does that you think we shouldn’t spend time/energy on?
  • Do you have suggestions for topics or speakers that you’d like to see at one of our monthly programs?
  • Have you been to any recurring local community events where you thought that FCAS should have had a booth/table/display?
  • Is there a local birding hotspot where we haven’t recently taken a field trip that you want us to put on the schedule?
  • If we offered workshops or clas-ses on birding skills, bird identification, bird photography, or other nature ap-preciation topics, would you consider attending? How much would you be willing to pay?
  • Do you have any ideas to share for how we can better connect with a wider/more diverse demo-graphic, including younger audiences?
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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 highlights 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.

Find FCAS on YouTube for Previous Zoom Presentations

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Did you miss the monthly live chapter Zoom presentation? The chapter has recently created a YouTube channel to provide an easily accessible archive of our monthly chapter Zoom meetings. Be sure to Like and Subscribe!

Birding Checklists

The Chapter has prepared a number of birding checklist to aid you when birding.

Find them here: FCAS Birding Checklists

Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation

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

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.