The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Sage Spirit The American West At A Crossroad

    "Sage Spirit, The American West At A Crossroads" Presentation

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Dave Showalter, Conserva on Photographer and Author discusses his new vision of the West in Sage Spirit. 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 youíd like to keep receiving the Ptarmigan, please support your local chapter and subscribe.

  • FCAS Annual Membership Renewal

    It is January and that means it is time to renew your annual membership! Please use the form on the back page of the newsletter to renew by mail or at a program meeting, or renew online. Dues are $20.00 to receive the Ptarmigan electronically or $30.00 for a printed copy through the mail. Membership and contributions are tax deductible. If you renewed SeptemberóDecember, your membership is good through January 2017.

    Your local chapter dues make possible our programs, meetings, education, and advocacy for birds and wildlife habitat. Thank you to all those who have already renewed! We appreciate your support!

President's Corner

Volunteers Needed

by John Shenot

As Iíve done several times before, Iím going to use my monthly column to make a plea for volunteers. But this time will be different. This time, I want to describe three very specific needs for which the FCAS Board would welcome expert (free) assistance from one or more of our members. Please contact me if you might be able to help with any of these.

The first need is for insurance expertise. For the past two years, more than 15 percent of our annual FCAS budget has been consumed by insurance. The Board of Directors has struggled to decide each year whether this was a reasonable and responsible ex- penditure, or perhaps one that is excessive or even unnecessary. None of us have deep understanding of liability or insurance, and we would greatly appreciate getting some help from a knowledgeable volunteer before we decide whether to re- new our policies in 2017.

The second need, which Iíve mentioned before, is for an accountant or otherwise qualified person who could audit our finances. There is no cause for alarm; the Board thinks weíre doing okay, but we feel that itís our responsibility to occasionally get independent confirmation from an expert.

And last (for now), Iíll mention that we also would love to have some help from a detail-oriented bird geek who would be willing to update our Larimer County checklist. Weíd love to complete this project in early 2017. The hardest part will be deciding on breeding and abundance codes.

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.