FCAS and Friends of Lory State Park have partnered!

Summer Bird Programs

These programs are free of charge with the purchase of a valid State Park Pass. Day passes are $7.00. Annual passes, good in all 41 Colorado State Parks are $70.00. Purchase passes at the Visitor’s Center.
To register for a program, call the Park Visitor’s Center at (970) 493-1623.

Upcoming Field Trips

All field trips are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. All experience levels welcome. Bring snacks or lunch, water, binoculars, and spotting scopes. Inquire with the FCAS field trip coordinator (johnshenot@gmail.com) or the trip leader named if you need to borrow binoculars. Please know that changes to the dates, meeting times or locations, and trip leaders are occasionally unavoidable. Contact the listed trip leader prior to the day of the trip or visit fortcollinsaudubon.org for more information and updates. RSVP strongly encouraged.

May 2018

May 10, Thurs., "The Connection: Prairie Dogs and Birds" Presentation

Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
Social Time: 7 p.m.; Program 7:20 p.m.

Prairie dogs are an ecologically important component of the short grass prairie. They are listed as a keystone species; meaning, that they influence both living and non-living components of the ecosystem. Without them, other species and ecological processes suffer, and currently, their numbers are critically low.

Presenters are Kristen Nelson, Coordinator, The Prairie Dog Coalition, and Katherine Jordan, Intern.

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May 13 Sun., 6:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

May 31 Thurs., 5:30-6:30pm Lory State Park Visitor Center - Wildscaping

This is a free class and, since this program takes place in the Visitor’s Center, there is no Park entrance fee.

Leader: Jamie Weiss, Habitat Hero Coordinator, Audubon Rockies. Learn how we can positively impact our communities by providing homes and food for wildlife .

See header for pass purchase information.

June 2018

Saturday, June 9: “Home Sweet Home: The Art and Architecture of Bird Nests

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, wildlife biologist and avid birder. Co-leaders: Barbara Patterson, Fort Collins Audubon Society; Karen Wheeler, Friends of Lory State Park

See header for pass purchase information.

July 2018

Saturday, July 14: "Nature’s Buffet: Plants that Provide Nutrition for Birds"

Leader: : Dave Leatherman, naturalist, ornithologist; Marcee Camenson. Native Plant Master with Native Plant Society of Colorado. Co-leaders: Barbara Patterson, Fort Collins Audubon Society; Karen Wheeler, Friends of Lory State Park

See header for pass purchase information.

August 2018

Saturday, August 11: "Amazing Journeys: Migrating Birds"

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, wildlife biologist and avid birder; Co-leaders: Lori Pivonka, Fort Collins Audubon Society; Karen Wheeler, Friends of Lory State Park

See header for pass purchase information.

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Past Events

The past three months of events are listed here. For information on earlier events, please consult that month's Ptarmingan.


April 2018

April 8 Sun., 7:00am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

April 14, Sat., 7:00am Pineridge Natural Area

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com, 970-980-6184. Meet at 7 a.m. for an early morning walk on the 3-mile upper forested trail loop to listen for resident birds singing and starting courtship. We’ll scope out the lake for rare gulls and other waterfowl. Meet at the parking lot on the north side of 42C (Maxwell Natural Area parking lot, not the Dixon Reservoir parking lot).

March 2018

"Bioinvasions in a Changing World"
March 8 Thurs., Social Time: 7pm; Program: 7:20pm

Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.

Invasive Species: Feral Pigs

The globalization of trade and transport is accelerating the risk of introducing potentially invasive species as they are moved both unintentionally and for deliberate purposes. Feral swine, as an example, their range expansion mostly having been human assisted, are devastating to ground nesting birds. Combining the threats of invasive species with those posed by climate change for the long-term can magnify the intensity associated with both issues.

See more here

March 11 Sun., 7:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Bobcat Ridge sign

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

March 31 Sat., 9:30am Lee Martinez Park

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com, 970-980-6184. Meet at 9:30 am in the Lee Martinez parking lot off Elm Street for a three-mile walk along the Poudre River and Salyer and McMurry Natural Areas. This is a good time of year for early spring migrants and resident birds that should be starting to sing.

February 2018

February 11 Sun., 7:30am Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Bird Survey.

Leader: Denise Bretting, dbretting@swloveland.com, work: 970-669-1185, home: 970-669-8095. Call for any change. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot. FCAS performs a monthly bird census for the City of Fort Collins. All levels are welcome.

Feb. 16—19 The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. You can count for as little as 15 minutes or however long you wish, as long as it is between February 16—19! Learn more here.

Feb. 24, Saturday, Running Deer and Cottonwood Hollow Natural Areas

Leader: Sirena Brownlee, sirena.brownlee@hdrinc.com, 970-980-6184. Meet at 10 a.m. in the Running Deer parking lot on the south side of E. Prospect Road for a 2–3 mile walk around the natural area. More than 200 bird species have been seen at this location, making it one of the top hotspots in the county.

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Past Events

For earlier events, please see the Ptarmigan newsletter.