The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS February 2019 presentation A Gem in Our Own Backyard: The Baird's Sparrow at Soapstone Prairie

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

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019

    Join us for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies' Erin Youngberg's presentation on Baird's Sparrow, recently discovered to be nesting in Colorado. 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

    • Diane Adams
    • Dale Agger
    • Monica Brewer
    • Joe Brummer
    • Lori Brummer Meschievitz 
    • Larry Caswell
    • Margaret Caswell
    • Susan Degutz
    • Kenneth Dunnington
    • Elizabeth Edwards
    • Andrew C. Goris
    • Sandra Hunter
    • Charles Knopp

    • Kristen Long 
    • Robin H. Long 
    • Karen Marie Manci 
    • Jessie & Stanley 
    • Larry & Daria Moskowitz 
    • John Oberle 
    • Elizabeth Pruessner 
    • Joanne Rankin 
    • John & Amy Shenot 
    • David Sweeney 
    • Edith B. Thompson 
    • H. Bruce Vigneault 

    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.

  • Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation

    Trying to help a sick or injured bird? These resources are ready to help!

President's Corner

FCAS looks to a successful 2019

by John Shenot

I’m happy to report that FCAS is well positioned for a successful 2019. First, I want to thank those of you who have recently joined FCAS or renewed your membership. Second, the "appeal letter" we sent to members in December was a big success. On behalf of the Board and the membership, my heartfelt thanks go to all our generous donors. Each year, FCAS approves a budget that assumes we will have one major fundraiser to balance revenues with expenses. The appeal letter was our big 2018 fundraiser, and you more than met the Board’s expectations. We finished 2018 with a small surplus for our rainy-day fund and once again avoided the need to raise membership dues.

year, we hope to celebrate our newly-designated Important Bird Area, the Cache la Poudre Urban River Corridor in Fort Collins, with public events and signs posted at natural area kiosks. We’re working on a new interpretive kiosk along the Mason Trail, collaborating with the City and Audubon Rockies on a "Habitat Hero" project at the Fort Collins Senior Center, and we’ll start to explore another possible Important Bird Area designation for the City of Fort Collins’ Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Larimer County’s Red Mountain Open Space. These and other projects, along with our field trips and programs, should keep us busy throughout the year.

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.

Upcoming FCAS Education Events

The mission of FCAS is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems. Foremost, in that mission, is education. The educational events that we par-ticipate in throughout the year cannot take place without the time and expertise of the chapter members. Please consider volunteering for these winter/spring events:

Project FeederWatch at the Habitat Hero Garden at the Senior Center.

Time commitment: 1/2–1-hour count of feeders for two consecutive days weekly from January to April 5. Training provided.

Wildlife camera monitoring at the Senior Center.

Time commitment: twice a month, training provided.

Two FCAS guided bird hikes at the Senior Center and Rolland Moore Park.

Time commitment: May 8 and May 29 from 9–11 a.m. There are two beginning birding classes scheduled on May 15 and May 22.

Summer events

This summer we plan to participate in three community festivals, lead three workshop/hikes at Lory State Park, do a presentation for the Sierra Club, and teach fifth graders at the Montessori School. Stay tuned for more birding!

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.