The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Event December 2022

    December Event:
    Book Sale/Member Potluck and Slideshow

    Thursday, December 8th, 2022

    Fort Collins Audubon announces the return of the annual Book Sale/Member Potluck and Slideshow. Join us December 8th, 2022 Learn more here.

  • photo gallery

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

  • Scholarship

    The Alex Cringan Memorial Scholarship Fund, sponsored by FCAS, is a scholarship created to raise environmental awareness in 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 Fund to provide small grants for educational purposes. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance for teachers and students involved in a project teaching or researching natural resources so they can enhance their skills and share their knowledge with others. The scholarship kicked-off in August 2019.

    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 Scholarship 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! Its been a complicated year and now would be a great time to learn about birds and connect with nature!

    Click here for an application.

  • FCAS Welcomes New and Renewing Members

    • Kerstin Braun
    • Elizabeth Knees
    • Kaitlyn Parkins
    • David Robertson
    • David Shurna
    • Julianna Woolums

    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.

  • 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!

President's Corner

Proposed Annual Budget

by John Shenot

In keeping with our bylaws, the FCAS Board agreed in November on a proposed annual budget for our 2023 operations. Members can vote on whether or not to approve the budget at our annual meeting in January.

The charts summarize our proposed expenses and revenues for 2023 by category. (A complete budget proposal with details on expenses and revenues is available to any member upon request.) The proposed budget represents a 13 percent increase in budgeted expenditures compared to 2022. Most of the projected increase in expenditures is due to increases in our conservation and education activities. We will start the year with bigger goals for donations and for our annual fundraiser than in past years, but the Board is confident we can hit our targeted revenues, so we are not proposing any increase to membership dues.

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Nominating Committee Report

In October, the FCAS Board of Directors appointed a nominating committee, consisting of Andrew Monson, Barb Patterson, and John Shenot, to identify candidates to serve as officers and directors on the 2023 Board. The president serves a two-year term while all other board members serve one-year terms. In keeping with our by-laws, the nominating committee announces the following slate of recommended candidates to be officially nominated at our January membership meeting: President, John Shenot; President-Elect, none (seeking a volunteer); Vice-President, Liz Pruessner; Treasurer, Joe Polazzi; Secretary, Kim Vercimak; Directors-at-Large (up to 6 positions to fill), Rachel Belouin, Jay Breidt, Alan Godwin, Kit Gray, and Justin Hollis (seeking one volunteer).

Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor at the January meeting. Members present will vote, and those elected will be installed at the conclusion of the meeting.

The nominating committee also identified recommended candidates to chair our standing committees in 2023. Committee chairs are not elected; rather, they are appointed by the president with the consent of the Board. The recommended candidates are: Conservation, Ellie Harrison; Membership, Harry Rose; Education, Sheila Webber; Fi-nance, none (seeking a volunteer); Programs, none (seeking a volunteer); Field Trips, Nolan Bunting; Publications, Joe Webber; Public Relations, Andrew Monson; Hospitality, Cassie Cranmore.

If you would like to fill one of the vacancies or serve as a committee member, please contact any of our current board members or nominees.End of Story logo

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.

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!

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.