Calendar of Upcoming FCAS Events

Upcoming Field Trips

All field trips are free of charge (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. All experience levels are welcome. Bring snacks or lunch, water, binoculars, and spotting scopes. RSVP is recommended.

December 2015

December 6-17, Brazilian Birding Tour.

Discover the birds of Southeast Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest in a seven-day tour sponsored by Quetzal Tours and led by Bradley Davis, an expert bilingual guide. Hike through the rainforest and diverse habitats to spy Spot-billed Toucanets, Crescent-chested Puffbirds, Slaty Bristlefronts, Pin-tailed and Blue Manakins, the handsome Shrike-like Cotinga, and much more.

The cost of $2,500 includes lodging, meals, incountry transportation, and entrance fees. A portion of the fee is donated to FCAS. Contact Nick Komar to sign up or for more information: quetzal65@comcast.net.

December 10, Thurs., 6:30pm December Potluck Dinner and Slide Show

Our December program will be presented by those of YOU, our members and guests, who wish to share wildlife photos from your own photography collections in a slide show (please limit your slide presentation to 10 minutes). The Senior Center will provide the screen, digital projector, sound system. You bring your photos!

For more information, see the event listing.


December 13, Sat., 8:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Compiler: 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.


December 19, Sat., 8:00am Fort Collins Christmas Bird Count.

Leader: Tom Hall, redbear44@msn.com. More than a century ago, Audubon pioneered citizen science with the first Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Today, the bird count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world. It informs and directs conservation efforts by providing much-needed data about bird populations and trends. Additionally, the data compiled is an indicator about ecosystems in general.

There will be a compilation dinner afterward that will begin around 5 p.m. at the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory), 230 Cherry Street #150. Pizza will be provided and donations are encouraged.

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January 2016

January 1, Sat., 8:00am Loveland Christmas Bird Count.

Contact Nick Komar, quetzal65@comcast.net, to participate or learn more. Advanced birding skills are not required for either CBC; beginners can be paired with more experienced birders. If you live within a count circle and just want to record what comes to your backyard feeders, you are welcome to participate and should contact one of the CBC coordinators for details.

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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 2015

Sept. 10, Thursday, Fort Collins Senior Center
"Owls—Great Horned and Barn" Presentation

Scott Rashid, director of The Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute (CARRI), will present the natural history of the Great Horned Owl from his firsthand accounts of this magnificent bird of prey. Along with the information about Great Horned Owls, Scott also will discuss research findings members of CARRI have documented through the use of live-camera systems placed both inside and outside of an active Barn Owl nest boxes. These cameras have enabled them to document activity of the Barn Owls that would otherwise not be accessible.

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Sept. 12, Saturday, Timnath Reservoir

Leader: Nick Komar, quetzal65@comcast.net, 970-449-3645. Over 200 bird species have been observed at Timnath Reservoir, including several that have only been recorded at a few other locations in Northern Colorado. Last September, birders observed Larimer County’s first Parasitic Jaeger here. Join Nick Komar for a half day looking for resident and migrating waterfowl and wading birds, migrating shorebirds, gulls and terns, and more. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking area of the Timnath town park on the southwest side of the reservoir. The entrance to the park is an unpaved driveway on Larimer County Road 40 (also called Buss Grove Road). Note: On some days at this reservoir, most birds only can be seen at long distances. Bring a spotting scope and a folding chair if you have those, as well as sunblock, insect repellant, and water. A portable toilet is on site, but no other amenities.

Sept. 13, Sunday, 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. All levels are welcome. Meet at 7 a.m. in the parking lot. Call for any change.

Sept. 19, Saturday, Dixon Reservoir/Pineridge Natural Area

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, warblerak@yahoo.com, 970-980-6184. This local gem is a great spot for resident and migrating waterfowl and migrating warblers and other songbirds. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking area off Larimer County Road 42C just past Hughes Stadium at the Pineridge/Maxwell Natural area on the north side of CR 42C (not the Dixon Reservoir parking area on the top of the hill). We will walk the trail around Dixon Reservoir and up along the Timber Trail for a walk of about 2.5 miles. There is a restroom at the Dixon Reservoir parking area, but no other facilities. A spotting scope would be helpful to see birds on the reservoir but not required. Bring water and sunscreen.

Sept. 30, Wednesday, Wyoming Hereford Ranch

Leader: Irene Fortune, irene_fortune@msn.com, 970-613-0966. This ranch, located on the outskirts of Cheyenne, is a favorite destination among Cheyenne-area bird-ers and an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area.” It offers a variety of habitats that can attract fall migrants. In addition to the ranch, there are two reservoirs nearby and the possibil-ity of checking out grasslands along Chalk Bluffs Road on the way home. The field trip will leave from a Fort Collins rendezvous point at 6 a.m. Contact Irene for details.


October 2015

October 8, Thursday, Fort Collins Senior Center
"Gulf Crossing" Presentation

They cross the gulf from tropical lands: uncountable streams of small birds, most weighing less than an ounce.

Flying invisible high above, they reach land after 20 to 30 hours over open water. The coast is overrun with billions of birds of every shape and color flying into North America.

For the first time ever, Gulf Crossing tells the story of one of Earth's most remarkable natural events.

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October 10, Sat., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.

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

October 11, 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 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.


November 2015

November 8, Sat., 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 12, Thur., 7pm Social, 7:30pm Program

"Helping Wildlife Survive" presentation by Perry Conway, Photographer, Conservation Educator, and Animal Advocate

Perry Conway, photographer, animal advocate, and conservation educator, will be filling us with facts as well as inspiring and entertaining us with his multimedia program that includes his own photography, music, and narration.

For more information, click here.

November 14, Sat., 7:00am Douglas Reservoir State Wildlife Area.

Leader: John Shenot, johnshenot@gmail.com, 802-595-1669. Dress warmly for an early start at one of the best spots in Larimer County for migrating waterfowl. Douglas Reservoir is an excellent place to look for scoters and loons in November. Meet at 7 a.m. in the parking area at the south end of the reservoir.


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Past Events

For earlier events, please see the Ptarmigan newsletter.