Important Notice

Chapter name change Resolution Results

The Chapter name change has been adopted. Please go to this link to view the results: Name Change Adopted

The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Event Aprl 2024

    April Event:
    “Hard Birding on Weak Roads”

    Thursday, April 11th, 2024

    Join us as we widen our Northern Colorado birding horizons and take a journey to the United Kingdom for a birding trek from the eastern coast of England to the Inner Hebrides, finishing in the Scottish Highlands. Join us April 11th, 2024 Learn 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.

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    Photo Gallery

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

  • Education Grant

    The Alex Cringan Memorial Grant, sponsored by FCAS, provides funds to raise environmental awareness for 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 grant to provide money for educational purposes. The purpose of the grant is to provide financial assistance to teachers and students involved in a project teaching or researching natural resources so they can enhance their skills and share their knowledge with others.

    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 Grant 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! Now would be a great time to learn more about birds and connect with nature!

    Click here for an application.

  • FCAS Welcomes New and Renewing Members

    • Diane Adams
    • Elaine Burritt
    • Craig Busack
    • Mathew Dane
    • Dirk & Jeanne Draper
    • Judy Holt
    • Adriana Jacobi/li>
    • Clara Komar
    • Holmes Rolston III
    • Melina Meier
    • Barbara Patterson
    • Margaret Reek
    • James Stoneberg
    • Vickie Traxler

    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

Seeking Membership Involvement with Meeting Programs

by John Shenot

Over the years, FCAS members have benefited from a variety of amazing presentations at our monthly programs. We've heard from experts about Saw-whet Owls, bison and black-footed ferret reintroductions at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, restoring rivers for native trout, bird-friendly gardening, the amazing and aggravating fox squirrel, and scores of other fascinating topics.

For many members, our monthly programs are the best thing FCAS has to offer. If you've enjoyed any of our guest speakers, you can thank the FCAS programs committee and especially the woman who has chaired that committee for more than 10 years: Jessie Meschievitz. The committee is responsible for brainstorming interesting topics, and recruiting expert speakers who can entertain and inform us all.

As grateful as I am for Jessie's leadership, the time has come for another volunteer to step up. Jessie has wanted to take a break from leading the program committee for three years, and I can't guarantee we will be able to offer programs next year unless we find a replacement. So, if you love our guest presentations and have ever thought, “they should do a program about ________,” then please consider volunteering to chair the programs committee. And don't worry about whether you are “qualified” — we'll help you get up to speed.

While I'm on the topic, I'm also looking for feedback from members about whether you would like our monthly programs to be more interactive. We typically start each meeting with some organizational announcements, then transition to our guest presentation, and finish with a little Q&A. Our December potluck and slide show is the only meeting that is truly member driven. Are you satisfied with that? Would you like us to build in more opportunities for members to speak up and have conversations with each other? Or do you prefer the current lecture format? Would you attend meetings if we had an interesting subject for group discussion instead of a guest presenter? You can share your thoughts with me at Thanks!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 highlights 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.