The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Funraiser Event August 2022

    Special Event:
    Birds & Brews: Part Deux

    Thursday, August 18th, 2022

    Fort Collins Audubon is happy to announce more details for our Annual FUNraiser + Fundraiser, to be held August 18th, 2022 Learn more here.

  • Alldredge Zoom Video

    Watch the April Program:
    “Mountain Lions in Colorado”

    Appeared on April 14th, 2022

    Mat Alldredge presents “Mountain Lions in Colorado”
    Watch the YouTube video.

  • 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

    • Diane Barrett
    • Rick Barry
    • Anne Butler
    • VTom Butler
    • Patricia J. Cohn
    • Barbara Denny
    • Danny Feig-Sandoval
    • Jane Fine
    • Mary Harris
    • Diane McCrann
    • Kelli McKay
    • Jane Michalski
    • Pauline Nol
    • Patricia Pettine
    • Andrea Scott

    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.

President's Corner

FCAS's Friends and Allies

by John Shenot

I usually dedicate my column toward sharing news about important business for our chapter, but this month I’m going to deviate from that and promote some other organizations that are allies and friends of FCAS.

Most of you know that FCAS is a local chapter of Na-tional Audubon Society. Some of you also know that NAS has a regional office in Fort Collins, called Audubon Rockies. Audubon Rockies provides terrific professional support for all the Audubon chapters in Colorado, Wyo-ming, and Utah. We sometimes partner with them on conservation projects and special events.

Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO) is a statewide or-ganization devoted to the study, conservation, and enjoy-ment of Colorado's birds. They maintain the official rec-ords of rare bird sightings in Colorado, maintain the COBIRDS google group where people can post or read rare bird alerts, and publish a quarterly journal called Colorado Birds.

Colorado State University Field Ornithologists (CSUFO) is a student club on the CSU campus that fosters a passion for birds and birding among young adults. The club members I’ve met over the years make me optimistic about the future for birds and other wildlife.

All three of the-se organizations are hosting “Birdathon” fund-raisers in May 2022, and we en-courage you to consider making donations. A Birdathon is a fun, competitive event in which teams of people compete to see the greatest number of bird species on a single day. Supporters can donate a fixed amount (e.g., $25) or pledge a small donation for each species seen by the team they support (e.g., $0.25 per species). To learn more, sign up to participate, or pledge a donation: 1) CSUFO (May 7), email csuorni-thology@gmail.com; 2) CFO (May 7), details at https://cobirds.org/cobc-details/; and 3) Audubon Rockies (May 15-21), details at https://p2p.onecause.com/audubonbirdathon/event/audubon-rockies.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!


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!

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.