The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • The Benefits of Urban Birds

    "The Benefits of Urban Birds" presentation

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Dave Leatherman Birder, Entomologist, Writer will speak on how we have all daily enjoyed birds. Learn more here.

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    Photo Gallery

    The photo gallery needs your summer and autumn 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 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

2017 Chapter Priorities

by John Shenot

The FCAS Board got a late start to deciding what our priorities for 2017 should be, but I say "better late than never." For 2017, our top three strategic priorities are to complete the process for designation of the Cache la Poudre Urban River Corridor as a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area (IBA), start work on a new "Legacy Project," and rebuild our Education and Conservation Committees. In addition, we agreed that FCAS needs to stay focused on some ongoing priorities that neither start nor finish in 2017: recruiting new leaders, fundraising, website improvements, and building and maintaining a comprehensive FCAS calendar.

Regarding the IBA designation, the Board had hoped to finish that effort last year, but it has carried into 2017. We are more determined than ever to get the job done this year and hope to report progress very soon. As for the new Legacy Project, I once again ask you to send me ideas for projects that would promote nature appreciation and conservation and make FCAS more visible in the communities we serve. For example, last year we helped the Town of Berthoud update a kiosk at Hillsdale Park with a bird ID poster and checklists. We’d love to do a similar project elsewhere this year, or to start the process for a bigger project that might require more time or funding. And finally, drop me a line if you want to volunteer on our Conservation or Education Committees.

A Future Silent Auction

It was announced at the December potluck that there might be a silent auction event at the March program meeting. Following considerable discussion by the FCAS board members it became obvious that the announcement was premature in that there is an insufficient time remaining to properly organize that event. As it now stands the silent auction will most likely take place next fall. Stay tuned for further information.

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.