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.

"A Gem in Our Own Backyard: The Baird's Sparrow at Soapstone Prairie"

presented by

Erin Youngberg

Community and Outreach Biologist

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
Social Time: 7 p.m.; Program 7:20 p.m.

Baird Sparrow photo by Andrew Bankert submitted by Erin Youngberg

For the past 11 years the scientists at the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies have studied the grasslands north of Fort Collins including the Natural Area known as Soapstone Prairie. Located at the Wyoming-Colorado border, this amazing natural area has been home to a wide variety of grasslands and migratory birds. Last year, a state record was realized when it was discovered that the first Baird Sparrow to ever nest anywhere in the State of Colorado had chosen this area to do so. Erin will share the monitoring activities that the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies has conducted in Soapstone including some of the adjoining grasslands. Erin Youngberg, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, will talk about the grasslands species that BCR has encountered and all that they've seen while working in the area.

Erin is the Community and Outreach Biologist for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. She first found her way to the Bird Conservancy as a volunteer intern for the Bald Eagle Watch Program in 2010. Originally from Jackson, Wyoming, Erin graduated with her Degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 2009. Since then she has been the Project Manager of the Mountains to Plains project, conducting surveys for the City Fort Collins on their grassland properties in northern Colorado to aid in the conservation and management of those areas.