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.