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

    • Scott Cobble
    • Glenn Elmore

    • Jane Michalski
    • Lawrence Sherman

    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.

  • 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

As I near the end of my second term as president, I’m happy to report that I haven’t ruined the organization. All kidding aside, I recently compared the most recent report from our treasurer to the report from January 2015, when I first took office, and found that our bank balance has changed by less than one percent. We haven’t grown, as I would have liked, but your elected Board of Directors has managed to keep our finances stable without raising membership dues. In fact, FCAS has not raised membership dues since 2010.

In next month’s newsletter I will present our budget for 2019, but here’s a sneak preview: we will start the year with known expenses that exceed the revenues we collect from membership dues. This happens every year. But instead of raising dues, we try each year to have one major fundraiser that fills the gap. We’ve had great success in the past two years with a birdathon (2016) and a silent auction (2017) that exceeded our goals, but we’ve also learned that those kinds of fundraisers are more effective if we don’t repeat them every year. So, for 2018, we’ll be trying a more direct approach.

Before the end of the year, FCAS will mail a letter to our members asking for donations to supplement membership dues. We’ve never done this before, but you all know that many other non-profits do this annually or even more frequently. Our needs are modest: a donation of $50 could pay our registration fees for having an FCAS table at an upcoming nature festival, $100 could cover most of our costs for one issue of the Ptarmigan, or $250 could pay for one of our monthly meetings. We’re also trying to build up funds in the Alex Cringan Fund, so we can offer natural history education grants to local teachers and students. I hope our letter will get your attention and that you will consider giving. Thanks!

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.