The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS March Presentation: Thomas Hall Wildlife Biologist with U.S. Departmetn of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service speaks on Bioinvasions in a Changing World

    "Bioinvasions in a Changing World"

    Thursday, March 8th, 2018

    Don't miss Thomas Hall's presentation on the effects of Bioinvasion. Learn more here.

  • 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

    2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

    February 16—19, 2018

    Anyone can participate in this fun event, from your own backyard or anywhere! Learn more here.

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    Photo Gallery

    The photo gallery needs your 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 and Renewing Members

    • David Bayer
    • Donald Beaver
    • Hetty Bixby
    • Bob Blinderman
    • Denise Bretting
    • Irene Briggs
    • Sirena Brownlee
    • Tom Butler
    • David Cantrel
    • Kate Carr
    • Larry Caswell
    • Morris Clark
    • Scott Cobble
    • James & Ruth DeMartini
    • Kenneth Dunnington
    • Daniel J. Odonnell
    • Ray & Joan Glabach
    • Ruth Grant
    • Vince Griesemer
    • Melannie Hartman
    • Diana Hoffman
    • Anne Hunsinger
    • Ted Huston
    • Nancy Jones

    • Barbara Jones
    • Janet Latona
    • Dorothy Leising
    • Ted Manahan
    • Serena Mangus
    • Michelle Mckim
    • Larry Moskowitz
    • Lori Zabel 
    • Tim Priehs 
    • Elizabeth Pruessner 
    • Rosemary Rader 
    • Joanne Rankin 
    • Barbara Seibert 
    • Joan Skurat 
    • Paula Stearns 
    • Daniel Teska 
    • Edith Thompson 
    • Al Trask 
    • Barbara Turnbull 
    • Lisa Voelker 
    • Sheila Webber 
    • Peter Weckesser 
    • Wild Birds Unlimited 
    • Lori Zabel 

    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

The Beginning of Being a Birder

by John Shenot

It was 1992. I’d finished graduate school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I was searching for a full-time job and a start to my new career. I had a part-time internship that almost paid the bills, and a little bit too much time on my hands. So, I was looking for entertainment—or even just distractions—that didn’t cost money.

Driving home from my internship one morn-ing, I pulled over to the side of the road running along the Huron River because I had nothing better to do. And then I saw him, up close, and everything changed. He was so handsome I think I gasped. He was a Common Goldeneye, and from that day on I was a birder. I suspect that many of us have a similar story that is engraved in our memory. That time, that day, that place, when the miracle that had been around us all along finally came into focus. When we saw the beauty, the mystery, the gift—when we really saw it—for the first time.

This month, I’m skipping my usual column about the —business? of FCAS to share my story and to encourage you to share your story. I’d love to hear it, certainly. But more importantly, tell a friend, a coworker, or a relative about that day you got hooked on nature. Bonus points if you tell someone who hasn’t yet had such a moment.



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.