FCAS's Friends and Allies
by John Shenot
I usually dedicate my column toward sharing news about important business for our chapter, but this month I’m going to deviate from that and promote some other organizations that are allies and friends of FCAS.
Most of you know that FCAS is a local chapter of Na-tional Audubon Society. Some of you also know that NAS has a regional office in Fort Collins, called Audubon Rockies. Audubon Rockies provides terrific professional support for all the Audubon chapters in Colorado, Wyo-ming, and Utah. We sometimes partner with them on conservation projects and special events.
Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO) is a statewide or-ganization devoted to the study, conservation, and enjoy-ment of Colorado's birds. They maintain the official rec-ords of rare bird sightings in Colorado, maintain the COBIRDS google group where people can post or read rare bird alerts, and publish a quarterly journal called Colorado Birds.
Colorado State University Field Ornithologists (CSUFO) is a student club on the CSU campus that fosters a passion for birds and birding among young adults. The club members I’ve met over the years make me optimistic about the future for birds and other wildlife.
All three of the-se organizations are hosting “Birdathon” fund-raisers in May 2022, and we en-courage you to consider making donations. A Birdathon is a fun, competitive event in which teams of people compete to see the greatest number of bird species on a single day. Supporters can donate a fixed amount (e.g., $25) or pledge a small donation for each species seen by the team they support (e.g., $0.25 per species). To learn more, sign up to participate, or pledge a donation: 1) CSUFO (May 7), email firstname.lastname@example.org; 2) CFO (May 7), details at https://cobirds.org/cobc-details/; and 3) Audubon Rockies (May 15-21), details at https://p2p.onecause.com/audubonbirdathon/event/audubon-rockies.