FCAS Presents

JJ Audubon

"The gay bunting erects his white crest, and gives utterance to the joy he feels in the presence of his brooding mate; the willow grouse on the rock crows his challenge aloud; each floweret, chilled by the night air, expands its pure petals; the gentle breeze shakes from the blades of grass the heavy dewdrops."

J. J. Audubon, engraved by H. B. Hall, based on a painting by Henry Inman. Engraving from The Life of John James Audubon, the Naturalist, edited by his widow. New York: G. P. Putnams' Sons, 1894.

Christmas Bird Count

Jnauary 11, 2018

Shrikes impale their prey

Dave Leatherman has warned this presentation is ―not for the faint of heart,― as it will focus on the ―meat and gore‖ of the life history of both Loggerhead and Northern Shrikes on the eastern plains of Colorado. Loggerheads will be emphasized and most of the talk will deal with their unique habit of impaling prey on sharp objects, what we can learn from this, and best ways to observe it.

Dave served as the forest entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service from 1974 to 2005 where his major responsibilities included all aspects of Mountain Pine Beetle, teaching, and surveys. He is an avid birder, active in the Colorado Field Ornithologists, has seen 449 species in the state, and has been part of finding four first state records, including a Couch's Kingbird seen in Lamar last spring.

Join us on January 11 at the Fort Collins Senior Center for this free program.