ALL upcoming meetings and events will be held via Zoom Meeting. Winter 2020 Bird Hikes have all been postponed until further notice.

Birders enjoying a Bird Hike

ALL upcoming meetings, hikes and events have been re-imagined for 2021.

The Fort Collins Audubon Society is an amazing local resource of bird and nature lovers that have a monthly calendar of bird hikes and other events.  We would invite anyone interested in getting out into nature and learning more about the birds that are in the area, to join the FCAS on these hikes and support them as members.

FCAS Hosts

Jennifer Timmer, Research Scientist, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Presenting: “Integrated Breeding Bird Monitoring: A Collaborative Approach”

Thursday, Jan. 14

Announcements: 7 p.m.; Program 7:20 p.m.
***This will be an online meeting using Zoom***

Enter the following link on your web browser at or before 7 p.m. and follow the instructions to join the meeting:

The Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program was created in2008 in Colorado to respond to national recommendations for improving avian monitoring. Today, the IMBCR program is the second largest breeding bird monitoring pro-gram in the nation, spanning the Great Plains to the Great Basin. The strength of the IMBCR program lies in its partnership with multiple state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies spearheads the effort. Surveys and inference about bird populations are not road-based, and bird population scan be monitored over time in management units to evaluate avian responses. This program, led by Jennifer Timmer, a research scientist with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, will cover the need for a rigorous breeding bird monitoring program, how population estimates are used in management and conservation efforts, how to access these estimates from the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center, and how you can contribute to breeding bird monitoring.

All FCAS members and guests are welcomed and encouraged to join this Zoom meeting on January 14.

Field Trips Cancelled for the Foreseeable Future

The mission of the FCAS is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems. Foremost, in that mission is education. The educational events that we participate in throughout the year cannot take place without the time and expertise of the chapter members. 

We will reassess in December for 2021 field trips, and post updates on our website and January 2021 newsletter. Thank you for your patience and support.  We want to hear from you about any concerns, and encourage you to both practice social distancing and to spend time in nature to relieve stress and anxiety.  For field trip ideas on your own, we recommend you go to our Field Trip page and toggle the calendar to earlier dates and check our local birding list Some of my favorite fall birding locations you can try on your own include Tinmath Reservoir, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Fossil Creek Reservoir, Douglas Reservoir, McMurry Natural Area, and the Environmental Learning Center.