The New, The Noteworthy & Upcoming Events

  • Event January 2023

    January Event:
    The Joy and Empowerment of Birding

    Thursday, January 12th, 2023

    Please come listen to Virginia Rose, Founder of &Ldquo;Birdability”, discuss how she came to enjoy birding as a disabled person. Join us January 12th, 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!

President's Corner

Visions for the Chapter

by John Shenot

I’m very happy to report that I retired in December 2022. I could mark the occasion by writing a column explaining everything I hope to do with all my newly free time, but instead I want to write a column about my hopes for the future of FCAS.

My vision for FCAS is that everyone feels welcome, that appreciation of the natural world increases, and that our organization plays a larger role in the communities of Northern Colorado. We’ve made a concerted effort in recent years to be more relevant to more people. I doubt if our members know all the innovative things our committee chairs have done, so let me mention a few that didn’t get enough attention. We’ve started mapping birding hotspots for “birdability” so people with mobility challenges can decide where best to enjoy local wildlife (see page 1 for a related January guest presentation). We co-sponsored a bird walk for the blind, an introduction to birding for school children, and scholarships for students doing avian research. We reached out to younger adults with fundraisers that were fun (Birdcall Karaoke is a hit) and partnered with a local brewery to promote the Poudre River Important Bird Area (thanks Horse & Dragon). We’ve achieved gender equity on our Board of Directors and brought more young people into leadership roles.

But without question, there is more work to do. We haven’t done enough to make FCAS more racially diverse. We expanded our boundaries a year ago to en-compass Estes Park and parts of Weld County, but haven’t yet offered programs or services to people in those communities. And the important work of conserving and enhancing natural habitats and protecting wildlife is a job that never ends. I welcome input from members about how we can achieve these goals and how we can better serve you. I’ll also note that we’d love to have more volunteers on our Education Committee and our Conservation Committee. Please reach out if you want to help.End of Story logo

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.