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.

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

"Bioinvasions in a Changing World"
March 8 Thurs., Social Time: 7pm; Program: 7:20pm

Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.

Invasive Species: Feral Pigs

The globalization of trade and transport is accelerating the risk of introducing potentially invasive species as they are moved both unintentionally and for deliberate purposes. Feral swine, as an example, their range expansion mostly having been human assisted, are devastating to ground nesting birds. Combining the threats of invasive species with those posed by climate change for the long-term can magnify the intensity associated with both issues.

See more here

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.

March 31 Sat., 9:30am Lee Martinez Park

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com, 970-980-6184. Meet at 9:30 am in the Lee Martinez parking lot off Elm Street for a three-mile walk along the Poudre River and Salyer and McMurry Natural Areas. This is a good time of year for early spring migrants and resident birds that should be starting to sing.

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.


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).

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

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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.

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Past Events

For earlier events, please see the Ptarmigan newsletter.