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.
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.