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 (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.

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. 31, Sunday, Rawhide Power Plant Christmas Bird Count.

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

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.

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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.


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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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

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Past Events

For earlier events, please see the Ptarmigan newsletter.