The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS May Presentation: Kristen Nelson, Coordinator, The Prairie Dog Coalition and Katherine Jordan, Intern Presenting The Connection: Prairie Dogs and Birds

    "The Connection: Prairie Dogs and Birds"

    Thursday, May 10th, 2018

    Don't miss Kristen Nelson's presentation on Praries Dogs and their relationship to bird populations. 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

    • Barbara Benik
    • Bob Blinderman
    • F. Jay Breidt
    • Sean Caufield
    • Ann Donoghue
    • Andrew Goris
    • Margaret S. Grant
    • David Hartley

    • Paul Husted
    • Julia Jordan
    • Monique & Sonny†Jorgensen
    • Thomas Lynch†
    • Susan Peterson†
    • Scott Powell†
    • April Whicker†

    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 youíd like to keep receiving the Ptarmigan, please support your local chapter and subscribe.

President's Corner

The Alex Cringan Fund

by John Shenot

Perhaps youíve noticed a reference on our website or membership application forms to something called the Alex Cringan Fund. Dr. Alex Cringan was a Colorado State University Professor of Wildlife Biology, a founding member and past president of FCAS, a frequent FCAS field trip leader, and a friend and role model for many FCAS members. He was instrumental in the early development of Gustav Swanson Natural Area in Fort Collins and the initiation of the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas. Dr. Cringan passed away in October 2012.

Shortly after his passing, FCAS created the Alex Cringan Fund to provide small grants for natural history educational purposes. We can use Cringan Fund donations to support teachers who want to provide natural history education in their classrooms, or students who wish to pursue extracurricular educational opportunities.

Natural history education is fundamental to the mission of FCAS and, for that matter, fundamental to the future of humanity. We have a new Education Committee Chair in 2018, Barb Patterson, who is chock full of ideas and enthusiasm. Barb has recruited a great group of volunteers for her committee. Now, Iím hoping to put more money in the Cringan Fund so our Education Committee can offer more and bigger grants to educators and students in our community. Many of you have generously donated to this fund already, but this month I want to encourage everyone to consider a donation—even if, like me, you never met Dr. Cringan.

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 ďLike" 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.

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.