The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Gulf Crossing

    "Gulf Crossing"

    Thursday, October 8

    Gulf Crossing tells the story of one of Earth's most remarkable natural events.

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    Photo Gallery

    The photo gallery needs your fall and winter birds! Please submit any of 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.

President's Corner

Leave a Legacy

by John Shenot

Like most presidents, Iím kind of obsessed with thinking about my legacy. I often lie awake at night wondering how I will be remembered, whether they will build a cool library in my name, and whether I will make historianís lists of ďTop 10 FCAS Presidents.Ē Okay, seriously, I donít think about my legacy, but I do occasionally think about our collective legacy. What legacy is FCAS leaving to future generations? Aside from the social benefits that FCAS offers, what are we doing to make this a better place to live, work, learn, and play?

I moved to Fort Collins from Madison, Wiscon- sin. One of the absolute best things about the Madison Audubon Society is the fact that it part- nered with other organizations to create Faville Grove Sanctuary and Goose Pond Sanctuary. I simply loved visiting those sanctuaries. Aside from offering fantastic opportunities for local birding, both properties (totaling about 1,000 acres) are set up to conserve and protect land in a fast-growing region. Thatís a fantastic legacy right there, and Madison Audubon is hardly unique. Other Audubon chapters also own and manage land, or help in the purchase and pres- ervation of land owned by other organizations. Some chapters have visitor centers, while oth- ers simply sponsor shelters, benches, or bird blinds and donít get involved in land or building ownership.

Iíve been thinking that it would be great if FCAS could pull together on a project that would leave a tangible legacy on Larimer County. It could be something big or something really small. This is the brainstorming stage. Iím looking for feedback, ideas, and suggestions for possible partners. At a later date we can start to think about whatís realistic, what it would cost, how we could pay for it, and how to get started. Please share your thoughts and suggestions about this idea by sending me an email at

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 ďLike" 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.

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.