The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Kenya, Birds, and Life presentation at Fort Collins Audubon Society May 11 2017 meeting

    "Kenya, Birds, and Life" Presentation

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Barb Patterson, Faculty Member at Front Range Community College recounts her 18 days in Africa, birding, wildlife watching, and experiencing life in Kenya. Learn more here.

  • photo gallery

    Photo Gallery

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

  • logo'd apparel

    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.

  • Fundraiser

    2017 Fundraiser

    Help us with our October 12th silent auction and raise funds for FCAS projects. 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

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.

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.