The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS guest speaker Kevin Cook

    Kevin Cook

    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Author, Naturalist and Coloradoan Columnist Kevin Cook is our Special Guest Speaker. Learn more here.

  • 2017 FCAS Fundraiser

    Silent Auction Fundraiser

    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Note: Begins at 6:30pm

    Please join us for our chapter's fundraiser. Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Cook. Learn more here.

  • photo gallery

    Photo Gallery

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

  • logo'd apparel

    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

    • Holmes Rolston III
    • Christine Sparks
    • Darwin Spearing

    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.

President's Corner

Call for Board Members

by John Shenot

First things first: At our September meeting, the FCAS Board of Directors voted to appoint Helmut Retzer to fill a vacant position on the Board through the end of 2017. Welcome, Helmut! Iím hopeful that he will continue to serve into 2018 if elected by the membership to do so. Which brings me to the topic of electionsÖ

Every January, at our regularly-scheduled membership meeting, FCAS elects new officers and directors to our Board. (One exception: the president serves a two-year term, and thus is only elected every other January.) Consistent with our bylaws, the Board will name a nominating committee in time for our October membership meeting that will seek to identify candidates willing to serve as officers and directors in 2018. The nominating committee will announce a proposed slate of candidates in our December newsletter, but nominations also can be made from the floor by any member at our annual meeting in January.

Next year will bring a bigger than usual transition, as our long-serving treasurer (John Waddell) and secretary (Scott Cobble) will not be seeking re-election to those roles. We also have a vacancy in the presidentelect position (i.e., the person who will become FCAS president in January 2019). Because it is so important to find candidates for those roles, Iím using this monthís column to get a head start on the nominating committee and urge potential volunteers to contact me as soon as possible. There are no prerequisites for officers or board members, nor is there an expectation that all nominees will have conservation experience or birding expertise. I donít expect anyone to make a firm commitment at this time, but if you are interested or even just curious please call or email me! Volunteers willing to serve on the nominating committee also should contact me as soon as possible.



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.