The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Hughes Zoom Video

    Watch the May Program:
    Connecting with the Colorado State Forest Service

    Appeared on May 13th, 2021

    Michael Hughes, Fort Collins District Forester, tells us about how Colorado State Forest Service protects our diverse forest environments. Watch the YouTube video.

  • Cranshaw Zoom Video

    Watch the April Program:
    Army Cutworm - Colorado’s Migrant “Miller” Moth

    Appeared on April 8th, 2021

    Whitney Cranshaw, Emeritus Professor of Entomology Colorado State University, discussed the insect that annoys us each year! Watch the YouTube video.

  • Leatherman Zoom Video

    Watch the March Program:
    Grandview Cemetary, My Quality-Of-Life Saver During A Pandemic

    Appeared on March 11th, 2021

    David Leatherman, Forest Entomologist and Avid Bird, discussed his COVID coping routine. Watch the YouTube video.

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    The photo gallery needs your bird pictures! Please submit your favorite photos for inclusion. Find out more here.

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    FCAS Apparel

    Don't venture out on another fieldtrip without one of our shirts, caps or other items with our beautiful ptarmigans logo on them. Find out more here.

  • Scholarship

    The Alex Cringan Memorial Scholarship Fund, sponsored by FCAS, is a scholarship created to raise environmental awareness in future generations. Dr. Alex Cringan was a Colorado State University Professor of wildlife biology, a founding member and past president of the Fort Collins Audubon Society, a frequent field-trip leader, and a friend and a role model for many FCAS members. Shortly after his passing in October 2012, FCAS created the Alex Cringan Fund to provide small grants for educational purposes. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance for teachers and students involved in a project teaching or researching natural resources so they can enhance their skills and share their knowledge with others. The scholarship kicked-off in August 2019. Click here for an application.

  • FCAS Welcomes New and Renewing Members

    • Nancy Hitchins
    • Neil Holstein
    • Charles Kopp
    • Charles & Christina Mild
    • Gary Robinson
    • Janet Rubinstein
    • Eileen Scholl
    • Jayne Strass

    Thank you for your membership! Your support makes our programs and conservation efforts possible and helps us achieve our mission of connecting people to the natural world.

    FCAS welcomes new National Audubon Society members by sending one complimentary copy of our newsletter. Join us at our monthly programs on the second Thursday of the month. National dues do not cover the cost of printing and mailing the newsletter, so if you’d like to keep receiving the Ptarmigan, please support your local chapter and subscribe.

President's Corner

Staying Connected Over The Summer

by John Shenot

By tradition, FCAS does not publish a newsletter in June, July, or August. It’s been that way since before I joined the organization, and this year will be no different. So, since this will be the last newsletter you receive before September, I want to preview what we have planned for the summer and explain how you can stay connected.

First, the Board of Directors will continue to meet monthly throughout the summer to take care of chapter business and plan our fall activities. Second, FCAS will be making a presentation at the 2021 Poudre River Festival on how birds use the Poudre River. Third, we are working on plans for participating in additional educational events in our community and creating some cool, new educational materials. Fourth, we’ll continue to monitor pending and proposed actions by national, state, and local government agencies, and we’ll speak up for our members any time it’s appropriate. And fifth, we’re hoping to be able to resume field trips sometime this summer. It could be a very busy summer, indeed!

Since we won’t be publishing a newsletter for a few months, but will be doing all those things, you may be wondering how you—our members—will know what’s going on. The answer is to follow us on Facebook ( and Instagram ( We’ll send emails to the members for whom we have email addresses if anything important happens, but social media tools are our primary means of communicating with members (and non-member “friends”) on routine matters in the summertime. If we need your help on a conservation issue, we’ll put something on Facebook and Instagram. Or if you want to bring an issue to our attention, you can leave us a message on either platform. If we are able to schedule a field trip or want you to know about an interesting community event, that’s where we’ll announce it. I hope you’ll join the hundreds of followers we already have on these social media platforms. Have a great summer! End of Story logo

Find FCAS on Facebook for Field Trip Information

FCAS has a Facebook page where we post announcements about upcoming field trips, last minute changes to scheduled trips, and high-lights of most of our outings. Just click on the “Like" button in the plugin to Like our page! Our announcements should then appear on your wall. You can also click on "Fort Collins Audubon Society" to be taken directly to the Facebook page. Note: All field trips are also announced in the Ptarmigan and on our website.

Find FCAS on YouTube for Previous Zoom Presentations

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Did you miss the monthly live chapter Zoom presentation? The chapter has recently created a YouTube channel to provide an easily accessible archive of our monthly chapter Zoom meetings. Be sure to Like and Subscribe!

Birding Checklists

The Chapter has prepared a number of birding checklist to aid you when birding.

Find them here: FCAS Birding Checklists

Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation

Trying to help a sick or injured bird? These resources are ready to help!

Fort Collins Audubon Society

Serving Larimer County, Colorado, and Surrounding Areas.

The Fort Collins Audubon Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to nature appreciation, environmental education, and conservation activities.

FCAS Mission Statement

  • To promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, through education, participation, stewardship, and advocacy.