FCAS Presents

JJ Audubon

"My drawings at first were made altogether in watercolors, but they wanted softness and a great deal of finish."

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.

"Extolling the Natural Wonders of Southeastern Colorado"

presented by

David Leatherman

Birder, Entomologist, Writer

Thursday, January 10th, 2019
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
Social Time: 7 p.m.; Program 7:20 p.m.

Couch's Kingbird from Audubon.org  Photo: Rolf Nussbaummer

Some think it is a good place for prisons, fracking, wind turbines, pig farms and water redirection from ag to urban. Any birder/naturalist who's been in Colorado ten minutes knows the southeastern corner of our state is good for a lot more. Down there, where "Baca" is pronounced "Backa", amazing natural wonders persist despite harshness in myriad forms. It can snow 5 feet on New Year's Day, be 90 in February, top 100 for 20 straight summer days, and hurl hail the size of your fist. Dust storms didn't end in the 1930s and 50s. Holly was flattened by a tornado in March. On the right October day tumbleweeds blowing mindless angles across the road can challenge your ability to keep it between the lines. Hoppers, wind and drought haunt the dreams of every farmer who dares book his Vegas golf vacation before the harvest. But even so, whether they have the right or not, abundant, resilient, mind-blowing life forms await the observant visitor to Southeast Colorado. In this presentation, Dave will extoll the virtues of southeastern CO's biodiversity discovered during 40+ years of worship by Dave Leatherman. Included will be herps, insects, arachnids, flowers, trees, fungi, crustaceans, mammals and, of course, birds

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 January 10th, 2019, for this informative presentation. This program is free and the public is welcomed.