Upcoming Field Trips

All field trips are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. All experience levels are welcome. Changes to dates, meeting times or locations, and trip leaders are occasionally unavoidable (check the FCAS Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FortCollinsAudubonSociety for cancellations due to inclement weather). Contact the listed trip leader prior to the day of the trip or visit fortcollinsaudubon.org for up dates. RSVP strongly encouraged.

March 2019

Sunday, March 10, 8:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

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

Saturday, Mar. 16, 8:00am Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area.

Leader: Robert Beauchamp, tyrannusb@gmail.com, 970-232-9296. Join Bob for a walk along the marshes and ponds of this natural area to search for resident bird species. Plan for 1.5–2-mile walk on the trails. All levels are welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot.

Saturday, Mar. 30, 9:00am Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com, 970-980-6184. Join Sirena for a walk along the Cattail Flats trail for waterfowl and maybe early migrant songbirds and raptors. Plan for a 2-mile walk on the trails. All levels are welcome and a spotting scope will be available. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot.

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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.


February 2019

Sunday, February 10, 8:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

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

Friday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 18 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual birding and citizen science event for people of all skills. This year, it runs from Friday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 18. Participants are asked to watch for birds at any location for at least 15 consecutive minutes, then submit a checklist of their observations on a website. More information about the GBBC can be found at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/about/. Last year, more than 100 people submitted GBBC checklists from Larimer County, recording 101 different species. We’re hoping to see even bigger participation and results this year.

More information is available here.

Saturday, Feb. 16 CSU Environmental Learning Center

Leader: Robert Beauchamp, tyranusb@gmail.com, 970-232-9296. Join Robert for a walk on the ELC trails to search for resident bird species. Plan for 1.5–2-mile walks on the trails. All levels are welcome.

January 2019

Saturday, January 5, 10:00am North Shields Ponds and McMurry Natural Areas.

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com or 970-980-6184.

Start your new year off right with a birding walk on North Shields Ponds and then over to McMurry Natural Area. Park at the North Shields Ponds Natural Area parking lot on Shields St, north of Shields/Vine, on the west side of road. The approximate address is 1333 North Shields Street, Fort Collins. Meet at 10 a.m.

Sunday, January 13, 8:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

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

Saturday, January 19, 8:00am Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area.

Leader: RobertBeauchamp, tyrannusb@gmail.com, 970-232-9296.

We will explore a few marshes and ponds during this 1.5 - 2.0 mile saunter through the natural area. Meet at 8 a.m. All levels are welcome.

December 2018

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:00am Cobb Lake State Wildlife Area

Leader: Nolan Bunting, csuornithology@gmail.com.

Come out and practice your Christmas Bird Count identification skills with Nolan and other birders from the CSU ornithology group. A spotting scope will be available to share. All levels are welcome. Directions: take I-25 north to Mountain Vista Drive and go east to the northeast Frontage Road. Take the northeast Frontage Road north to County Road (CR) 56. Go east on CR 56 to the parking lots along the road. Meet at 8 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9, 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 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30pm FCAS December Potluck and Member Slideshow

Our December program will be presented by those of you, our members, who wish to share wildlife photos from your own photography collections in a slide show.

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119th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 14, 2018—January 5, 2019

2018 Audubon Christmas Bird CountThe CBC is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, and it provides critical data on bird population trends. Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a great way to make new friends and have fun! Volunteers are assigned in teams to cover designated areas within a 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day.

The Fort Collins Audubon Society will be conducting counts on four days:

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Fort Collins CBC will be coordinated by Tom Hall (redbear44@msn.com)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Nunn CBC in Weld County will be coordinated by Gary Lefko (coloradobirder@yahoo.com)

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Rawhide Power Plant CBC organized by Doug Kibbe (dpkibbe@msn.com)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Loveland CBC will be coordinated by Denis Bretting (dbretting@swloveland.com)

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Past Events

For earlier events, please see the Ptarmigan newsletter.

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 participate 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!