The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS first ever photo contest slideshow

    September Program:
    Fall Migration Birding in Larimer County

    Thursday, September 9th, 2021

    Nick Kumar, President, Colorado Field Ornithologists, will summarize some of the more interesting and rare species of birds that show up in our local birding area. 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.

President's Corner

Chapter Growing Pains

by John Shenot

Earlier this year, FCAS got permission from the National Audubon Society to expand the boundaries of our chapter. We added several zip codes and about 300 more members to the roughly 1,000 that we already serve. Fort Collins Audubon Society now represents about 1,300 Audubon members across all of Larimer County and parts of Weld County.

The expansion of FCAS is very exciting, but it also raises a question that was on my mind even before we added Estes Park, Windsor, and other communities to our service territory: should we think about changing the name of our chapter? More than a quarter of our members now live somewhere other than Fort Collins. Many Audubon chapters are named for natural features, such as rivers.

I am sympathetic to both sides of this argument. On the one hand, if we change the name of our chapter, we’ll need to make changes to a lot of official and unofficial documents: our bank account, tax forms, website, logo, publications, and Facebook and Instagram accounts. That seems like a lot of work. On the other hand, I don’t want any member or prospective member of our chapter who lives somewhere else to feel like they are any less important to our organization than members from Fort Collins.

I’d like to know how you feel about this important question, so I’ve created a three-question survey that you can take at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YPQSBD5. I hope you will take two to three minutes to fill it out. End of Story logo

  • Scholarship

    The Alex Cringan Memorial Scholarship Fund, sponsored by FCAS, is a scholarship created to raise environmental awareness in future generations. Dr. Alex Cringan was a Colorado State University Professor of wildlife biology, a founding member and past president of the Fort Collins Audubon Society, a frequent field-trip leader, and a friend and a role model for many FCAS members. Shortly after his passing in October 2012, FCAS created the Alex Cringan Fund to provide small grants for educational purposes. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance for teachers and students involved in a project teaching or researching natural resources so they can enhance their skills and share their knowledge with others. The scholarship kicked-off in August 2019. Click here for an application.

  • FCAS Welcomes New and Renewing Members

    • Nancy Hitchins
    • Neil Holstein
    • Charles Kopp
    • Charles & Christina Mild
    • Gary Robinson
    • Janet Rubinstein
    • Eileen Scholl
    • Jayne Strass

    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.

  • Birding Checklists

    The Chapter has prepared a number of birding checklist to aid you when birding.

    Find them here: FCAS Birding Checklists

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.


Find FCAS on YouTube for Previous Zoom Presentations

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Did you miss the monthly live chapter Zoom presentation? The chapter has recently created a YouTube channel to provide an easily accessible archive of our monthly chapter Zoom meetings. Be sure to Like and Subscribe!

Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation

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

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.