Calendar of Upcoming FCAS Events

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 (John Shenot) 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.

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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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.

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.

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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.


September 2017

September 10 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 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

September 14, Thursday, 7:00pm Social Time; Program 7:20pm
"Brown-capped Rosy-Finches: Sirens of the Mountain Tops" presentation

Barb Patterson, Faculty Member at Front Range Community College in the Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources Program, equipped with binoculars, two field-guides, a journal, and a copy of Richard Leakey’s book, Wildlife Wars, spent 18 days in Africa, birding, wildlife watching, and experiencing life in Kenya. Come listen to her recount the story. Learn more here.


September 16 Sat., 7:00am Eagle’s Nest Open Space.

Leader: John Shenot, johnshenot@gmail.com, 802-595-1669. This open space in Livermore offers a combination of grasslands, foothills scrub, and riparian habitat. It receives relatively little attention from birders, but Golden Eagles successfully bred here this summer. Attendees should view this field trip primarily as a hike, with the possibility of some interesting birds. We’ll walk about 3.4 miles (round trip), with a break halfway through for snacks or lunch. The terrain isn’t flat, but there are no long or steep climbs. We’ll start from the open space parking lot at 7 a.m. Check with leader for carpooling or if the weather looks questionable.

Click here for the Larmimer County Eagle's Nest Open Space page

August 2017

August 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 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

July 2017

July 23-31 Birding in Brazil’s Southern Amazon

Capped Heron by Bradley Davis Capped Heron by Bradley Davis

Join Quetzal Tours on a week-long birding excursion in Brazil‘s Southern Amazon, July 23–31. The adventure begins in the town of Alta Floresta in the north of the state of Mato Grosso, with guide Bradley Davis. The trip includes birding in Fazenda Anacã, a unique ecotourism project, and along the Rio Azul, an exciting new destination in the southern Brazilian Amazon.

During the week in the Southern Amazon, participants should encounter around 300 species of birds. The areas visited hold a number of endemic, rare, and local species, among which include Kawall's Parrot, Crimson-bellied Parakeet, Razor-billed Curassow, Crimson Topaz, Tapajos Hermit, Black-girdled Barbet, Bronzy and Blue-cheeked Jacamars, Gould's Toucanet, Curl-crested Araçari, Glossy Antshrike, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, and much more.

The price of $2,800 per person, double occupancy, includes eight nights lodging with meals, ground transportation, entrance fees, and expert bilingual birding guide. Quetzal Tours also donates a portion of the proceeds to FCAS. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Contact Nick Komar: quetzal65@comcast.net; 970-449-3645.

July 9 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 6:30 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

For earlier events, please see the Ptarmigan newsletter.