The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Event February 2023

    February Event:
    Red-Tailed Hawks and Growing Cities

    Thursday, February 9th, 2023

    Please come listen to Austin Ash, University of Northern Colorado, discuss how he came to enjoy birding as a disabled person. Join us February 9th, 2023 Learn more here.

  • photo gallery

    The photo gallery needs your bird pictures! Please submit your favorite photos for inclusion. 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

    • Mr. & Mrs. Randy Fischer 
    • Alan Godwin  
    • Robert P. Godwin   
    • Larry Griffin   
    • Craig Harrison 
    • Clifford Hendrick 
    • Steven R. Hokansson  
    • Justin Hollis 
    • Joel Hurmence  
    • Gina C. Janett 
    • Carla Johns 
    • Carol Jones
    • James Kuhn
    • Robin Long
    • Carolyn Mahakian 
    • Karen Manci 
    • James DeMartini
    • Michelle McKim 
    • James J. Nachel 
    • Harry Rose
    • John Shenot 
    • David Sitzman
    • Joseph Sovcik
    • K. Roxanne Squires 
    • Linda Squires 
    • Danette Vassilopoulos 
    • Greg Vassilopoulos 
    • Roger Wieck

    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!

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!

President's Corner

Visions for the Chapter

by John Shenot

FCAS wants to thank all our members, volunteers, and board members for making 2022 another successful year and helping us finish the year “in the black.” We rely on your membership dues for about 30 percent of the annual revenue that keeps FCAS going, and I hope you have already renewed your membership for 2023.

We haven’t raised our dues in more than 10 years. Our expenses have risen, but we’ve been able to keep membership dues affordable (while increasing our pro-gram offerings and services) through a combination of successful fundraising events and generous donations from individuals and organizations who contribute above and beyond their membership dues. We also rely on volunteers for everything we do, and we’re grateful for merchandise donations from businesses like Wild Birds Unlimited.

I want to use this month’s column to thank all the following who made cash donations in 2022, and hum-bly ask those who can afford it to consider a donation in 2023. Donations to our general fund would be much appreciated, but perhaps you might prefer to contrib-ute to our Alex Cringan Memorial Fund, through which we offer modest scholarships to students for conservation-related research and projects. Our ability to offer scholarships each year is wholly dependent on contributions to the Cringan fund.

Memorial Donations in 2022

By: In name of:

  • Alan Godwin: Judy Balice
  • Connie Marvel: Doris Bice
  • Gayle Green: Elaine Coley
  • Cindy & Brian McKnight: Elaine Coley
  • Bonnie Harden & Duane Ammerman: Elaine Coley
  • Cristen & Jack Harden: Elaine Coley
  • Family of Elaine Coley: Elaine Coley
  • Elizabeth Pruessner: Scott Cobble

Other Individual Donors in 2022

  • Van & Sheila Baker
  • Mary Beck
  • Louise Boulder
  • Tom & Anne Butler
  • Patricia Cohn
  • Beth Dillon
  • James Dolan
  • Randy & Kathy Fischer
  • Margaret S. Grant
  • Robert P. Godwin
  • Michelle Haefele &
  • Michael Knowles
  • Ron Harden
  • Mary Harris
  • Carole Hossan
  • Julie Janick-Wilkey
  • Tod Leeper
  • Jane M. Low
  • Bob & Rosemary Lucas
  • Ian & Barbara MacGillivray
  • Connie Marvel
  • Nancy Metzler
  • Hildegarde Morgan
  • Joseph Polazzi
  • Elizabeth Pruessner
  • Joseph Solvick
  • Jeff Stewart
  • John Waddell

Donations from Charitable Organizations in 2022

Hillard Family Foundation, a do-nor advised fund of the U.S. Charitable Trust; and Siegfried Kohen Charitable Giving Fund, a donor advised fund of Fidelity Charitable Donor Advised Funds.

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FCAS Annual Membership Renewal

It is January and that means it is time to re-new your annual membership. FCAS chapter memberships run for the calendar year from January through December. Dues are $20 to receive the Ptarmigan electronically or $30 for a printed copy through the mail.

Please use the form on the back page of the newsletter to renew by mail or renew at a program meeting. You also can renew online. Remember, your membership and contributions are tax deductible.

Your local chapter dues strengthen our efforts and make possible our programs, meetings, education, and advocacy for birds and wildlife habitat. Keep the Ptarmigan coming by renewing today.

If you renewed September–December 2021, your membership is good through January 2023. Thank you to all those who have already renewed. We appreciate your support!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!


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.