Appreciation for FCAS and NAS members
by John Shenot
People often ask me how many members we have, and I often struggle to answer the question. The answer is a little tricky because we represent and have contacts with people who are FCAS members, and people living in our area who are members of National Audubon Society (NAS).
FCAS and NAS are distinct and independent organizations. I know that many people are confused by this distinction, so I will explain. In the simplest terms, and ignoring some minor details, the difference is that NAS members get the beautiful NAS magazine, but not the FCAS newsletter. FCAS members get the newsletter, but not the magazine. Dues for NAS membership go almost entirely to the national organization, with only a small portion returned to the local chapter to which the member is assigned (in this case, FCAS), while dues for FCAS stay largely within our chapter and community. Many of us see good value in being a member of both NAS and FCAS.
According to our April 2017 membership committee report, 126 people held only an FCAS membership; an additional 586 people who held only an NAS membership were assigned by NAS to our chapter; and 76 people were members of both FCAS and NAS.
As an organization, FCAS gets most of its revenue and all of its energy from members. We would love to expand our ranks, and we’d especially like to invite NAS members to become FCAS members. We hope NAS members will consider this and we hope all of you will spread the word about FCAS to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
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.