The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • FCAS Annual December Slide Show - Cooper's Hawk submitted by Jay Breidt

    December Program:
    Join us this December as members gather to share photos from their private collection. We will not have our traditional potluck dinner.

    Thursday, December 9th, 2021

    Join us on December 9th for an evening of member photos that will awe and entertain you! Learn more here.

  • Christmas Bird Count

    “Christmas Bird Count“

    December 14‐January 5, 2022

    The CBC is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, and it provides critical data on bird population trends. Learn more here.

  • Conrey Zoom Video

    Watch the November Program:
    Bald Eagles in our backyard:

    Appeared on November 11th, 2021

    Reesa Conrey, Avian Researcher, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
    Watch the YouTube video.

  • photo gallery

    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.

    Teachers, and students! The Fort Collins Audubon Society has an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about conservation. You can apply for a $300.00 Alex Cringan Memorial Scholarship and use the funding to do a project, take a workshop, sign up for an online class or research a topic of interest to you! Its been a complicated year and now would be a great time to learn about birds and connect with nature!

    Click here for an application.

  • FCAS Welcomes New and Renewing Members

    • Mary Bledsoe
    • Kerstin Braun
    • Sirena Brownlee
    • Randy & Kathy Fischer
    • Gina C. Janett
    • Carla Johns
    • Todd Johns
    • Phoebe Larson
    • Susan McGoldrick
    • Cheryl Owig
    • Barbara Patterson
    • Patricia D. Quier
    • Carolyn Sanders

    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.

  • 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!

President's Corner

Proposed Annual Budget

by John Shenot

In keeping with our bylaws, the FCAS Board agreed in November on a proposed annual budget for our 2022 operations. Members can vote on whether to approve the budget at our annual meeting in January. The following charts show our proposed expenses and revenues for 2022 by category. The proposed budget represents a 19.4 percent increase in budgeted expend-itures compared to 2021. This significant increase re-flects the fact that our chapter boundaries expanded this year, meaning we are serving more Audubon members and a larger geographic area than ever before. We also have very active conservation and education committees looking to increase the impact FCAS has in the communities we serve. The Board is confident we can increase revenues to meet this demand and do so without raising member dues (which haven’t increased in a decade). The complete budget proposal with details on expenses and revenues is available to any member upon request.

2022 Proposed Budget Expenditures 2022 Proposed Budget Revenues

Report of the Nominating Committee on 2022 FCAS Board Candidates

In October, the FCAS Board of Directors appointed a nominating committee, consisting of Andrew Monson, Barb Patterson, and John Shenot, to identify candidates to serve as officers and directors on the 2022 Board. The president serves a two-year term and is not up for election this year, but all other board members serve one-year terms. In keeping with our bylaws, the nominating committee hereby announces a slate of recommended candidates to be officially nominated at our January membership meeting: President-Elect, none (volunteer needed); Vice-President, Liz Pruessner; Treasurer, Joe Polazzi; Secretary, Kim Vercimak; Directors-at-Large (up to six positions to fill), Jay Breidt, Kate Burgess, Alan Godwin, Kit Gray, and Ron Harden (one more volunteer needed).

More nominations will be accepted from the floor at the January meeting. Members present will vote, and those elected will be installed at the conclusion of the meeting.

The nominating committee also identified recommended candidates to chair our standing committees in 2022. Committee chairs are not elected; rather, they are appointed by the president with the consent of the board. The recommended candidates are: Conservation, Ellie Harrison; Membership, Harry Rose; Education, Sheila Webber; Finance, still seeking a volunteer; Programs, Jessie Meschievitz; Field Trips, Nolan Bunting; Publications, Janae Malpas; Public Relations, Andrew Monson; Hospitality, still seeking a volunteer.

If you could fill a vacancy, please contact any of our current board members or nominees.

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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!


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.