Calendar of Upcoming FCAS Events

Correction to Christmas Bird Count

The Rawhide Power Plant Christmas Bird Count has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 30, 2017. Please disregard the December 31 date shown in our newsletter. All potential participants should contact the coordinator, Doug Kibbe (303-910-9476 or dpkibbe@msn.com), ASAP to preregister or ask questions. Because the property has restricted access, Doug has to submit the list of participants the week before the count.

Upcoming Field Trips

All field trips are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. All experience levels welcome. Bring snacks or lunch, water, binoculars, and spotting scopes. Inquire with the FCAS field trip coordinator (johnshenot@gmail.com) or the trip leader named if you need to borrow binoculars. Please know that changes to the dates, meeting times or locations, and trip leaders are occasionally unavoidable. Contact the listed trip leader prior to the day of the trip or visit fortcollinsaudubon.org for more information and updates. RSVP strongly encouraged.

January 2018

Jan. 1, Monday, Loveland Christmas Bird Count.

Contact the coordinator if you wish to participate:Nick Komar, quetzal65@comcast.net, 970-449-3645.

January 14 Sun., 8:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

January 28, Sunday, Grandview Cemetery

Leader: John Shenot, johnshenot@gmail.com, 802-595-1669. In the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, the mature trees in Grandview Cemetery create an urban oasis and a birding hotspot. In winter, the cemetery is a great place to look for owls, nuthatches, and finches. Meet at 9:00am in the parking lot on the south side of Mountain Avenue just west of S. Bryan Avenue. After we finish birding the cemetery, those who wish can reconvene at a nearby café for a hot drink and food (details to be decided then).

February 2018

February 11 Sun., 7:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

Feb. 16—19 The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. You can count for as little as 15 minutes or however long you wish, as long as it is between February 16—19! Learn more here.

Feb. 24, Saturday, Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural Areas

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com, 970-980-6184. Meet at 10 a.m. in the Running Deer parking lot on the south side of E. Prospect Road for a 2–3 mile walk around the natural area. More than 200 bird species have been seen at this location, making it one of the top hotspots in the county.

March 2018

March 11 Sun., 7:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

April 2018

April 8 Sun., 7:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

May 2018

May 13 Sun., 6:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

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Past Events

The past three months of events are listed here. For information on earlier events, please consult that month's Ptarmingan.


December 2017

December 10 Sun., 8:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

FCAS December Potluck and Member Slideshow

See More detail here

Dec. 16, Saturday, Fort Collins Christmas Bird Count.

Contact the coordinator if you wish to participate: Tom Hall, redbear44@msn.com, 970-980-1834.

Dec. 30, Saturday, Rawhide Power Plant Christmas Bird Count.

Contact the coordinator if you wish to participate: Doug Kibbe, dpkibbe@msn.com, 303-910-9476.

November 2017

November 12 Sun., 7:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

November 18 Sat., 8:00am Loveland Lakes

Leader: Michael Costello, mcostello@emnet.org. This field trip will visit several lakes and reservoirs in the Loveland area that are hotspots for late fall migrants and winter waterfowl. The itinerary includes some combination of Lake Loveland, Horseshoe Lake, Boyd Lake, Cattail Pond, and Lon Hagler Reservoir. Meet at 7 a.m. at the swim beach parking area at Lake Loveland. We’ll finish about noon. If you have a spotting scope, it will be helpful on this trip, but the trip leader will have a scope to share.

October 2017

October 8 Sun., 7:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

October 12, Thur., 6:30pm 2017 Fundraiser: A Silent Auction

Including original art and sculptures, classic out-of-print books, field guides, photographic equipment, matted photos, wildlife memorabilia, and many more items.

  • October 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Fort Collins Senior Center
  • Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Cook
  • Coffee, tea, and punch.

You still have time to support FCAS by donating any lightly used books, photographic equipment, or artwork for our silent auction that will go toward promoting birding and sustainable appreciation of our community environment. If you can support our projects by volunteer-ing to help, contact Liz Prussner, Elizabeth.Prussner@colostate.edu. If you have items to donate for the silent auction, contact Hildy Morgan, hildy.morgan@gmail.com.

October 14 Sat., 9:30am Fossile Creek Reservoir Natural Area.

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com, 970-980-6184. Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area is designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society. Join Sirena to look for migrating waterfowl and wading birds, gulls and terns, and more. Meet in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

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Past Events

For earlier events, please see the Ptarmigan newsletter.