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 March 2024

    March Event:
    “Sagebrush Country: What the future will look like for the West’s iconic ecosystem”

    Thursday, March 14th, 2024

    Learn what makes sagebrush steppe so important and how species like Sage-grouse, Golden Eagles, Ravens, mule deer and pygmy rabbits will play a role in determining its future. Join us March 14th, 2024 Learn more here.

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    YouTube recording ”Ft Collins Audubon Meeting 11/9/2023 Heather Reider: “Understanding Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza“

    Heather Reider - 11/9/2023

    Watch Now | Previous Recordings

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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

    • Jim Branch
    • Kathleen Branch
    • Marcee Camenson
    • Barbara Colvin
    • Mark Colvin
    • Elizabeth Edwards
    • Mary Ellner
    • Suzanne Gausch
    • Ray & Joan Glabach
    • Kathy C. Green
    • Kathy Hartman
    • Melanie Hartman
    • Todd Johns
    • Barbara Jones
    • Carol Jones
    • Charles Kopp
    • Ginrtte Korngiebel
    • Cristie Lee
    • Marcia G. Maeda
    • Thomas Lynch
    • Barbara Morris
    • Jim Nachel
    • Judd Patterson
    • Sandra Pitcaithley
    • Lori P. Pivonka
    • Rich Roberts
    • Tom D. Schultz
    • David Sitzman
    • Richard A. Swaaback
    • Pamela Turner
    • Robert Umbreit
    • Sharon Visk
    • Joseph Webber
    • Paul West
    • April Whicker

    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

National Audubon's Flight Plan

by John Shenot

Late last year, I had the pleasure of attending National Audubon Society’s 2023 Leadership Conference in Estes Park while representing all of us as the “host” local chapter for this hemispheric event. It was fun and inspiring, and I thought members might enjoy watching this three minute “highlight reel:”

The focal point for the conference was National Audubon’s 2023–2028 strategic plan, Flight Plan: Flight Plan “orients all of Audubon toward achieving a singular Guiding Star: halting, and ultimately re-versing, the precipitous decline of birds across the Americas.” Representatives of Audubon chapters across the United States and affiliated organizations in other countries gathered to discuss the contents of the plan and how we can collaborate on its implementation.

I want to encourage our members to take a few minutes to look at Flight Plan and think about how our chapter, and how you individually, might contrib-ute to its success. The challenge before us is of such a magnitude and urgency that success is only possible if we harness the collective energy and ideas of everyone who cares about birds. What more should FCAS be doing locally to promote habitat conservation, fight climate change, enact good public policies, and (especially) expand and diversify the number of people committed to our mission? Would you consider volunteering for our Conservation Committee? Might you ask a friend who is not currently an FCAS member to come with you to one of our great programs (or watch on Zoom)?

By all means, keep on enjoying birds and everything the great outdoors has to offer. But let’s also commit to giving something back. The natural world is in cri-sis. Now is the time for action!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.