The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS April Presentation: F. Boyd Wright, Native Aquatic Species Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Presenting From Tadpoles to Egg Masses: A Boreal Toad Reintroduction Success Story in Larimer County

    "From Tadpoles to Egg Masses: A Boreal Toad Reintroduction Success Story in Larimer County”"

    Thursday, April 12th, 2018

    Don't miss F. Boyd Wright's presentation on Boreal Toad Reintroduction Success Story. Learn more here.

  • 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

    2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

    February 16—19, 2018

    Anyone can participate in this fun event, from your own backyard or anywhere! 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

    • Barb Adams
    • Judith Ann Balice
    • Robert Buderman
    • Jennifer Griffin
    • Kathleen Hardy
    • James Hayes
    • Sue Kenney
    • Nicholas Komar/Quetzal Tours
    • Kristin Long
    • Susan Massa

    • Jessie Meschievitz
    • Laurie Paulik
    • Phil Phelan 
    • Anne Saunders 
    • James Shover 
    • Patricia Stinson 
    • Austen Stone 
    • Doug Swartz 
    • Lisa Voelker 

    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

Good News and Bad News Concerning Chapter Leadership

by John Shenot

This month I have good news and bad news concerning chapter leadership. First, dispensing with the bad news, Helmut Retzer had to resign from the FCAS Board of Directors shortly after joining us, because he is relocating outside Larimer County and it isn’t practical for him to continue serving. I wish Helmut the best in his new home and note that his resignation leaves one vacancy in our roster of at-large directors.

On a positive note, Lori Pivonka has volunteered to serve as our chapter’s Recording Secretary for the remainder of 2018, and the Board approved her appointment to that office at our March meeting. We’re very happy to have a secretary again, and especially to have someone with Lori’s enthusiasm and energy. This also means we have filled the two key positions that opened up when long-serving FCAS officers resigned at the end of 2017: Lori replacing Scott Cobble as our Secretary and Joe Polazzi replacing John Waddell as our Treasurer. I must confess I was quite nervous when Scott and John told me they didn’t want to continue in those positions, because I wasn’t certain we’d find volunteers to replace them and I didn’t relish the idea of trying to do everything myself. But once again our membership came through, and we found very capable volunteers to keep the organization sound and keep me sane!

So here we are, entering Spring 2018 with a nearly full Board of Directors and our finances in order. From where I sit, FCAS is in great shape–and with the help of all our volunteers, I’m looking forward to even bigger and better things.

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.