Ft. Collins, Colorado

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Sora, WBU Fort Collins Official Store Cat

Sora on HER Garden Bench 2017

We struggled with whether or not we should insert Sora, the store cat, into our staff page at the top of the page or the bottom.......needless to say, she would have had it no other way than to achieve top billing!

Sora joined us in June of 2011 after being introduced to us by the Fort Collins Cat Rescue Spay and Neuter Clinic in Fort Collins.  We went there hoping to find a new addition to our staff and do our part to keep a kitty off of the mean streets of Fort Collins, thereby endangering the songbirds of this great city.  She jumped right out of her kennel and into our hearts on that fateful day and we've never regretted a moment.  When you visit the store, she might be sitting on a garden bench soaking up the sun in the afternoon by the front door, or even sitting on the checkout counter to greet you.  She's a wonderfully friendly little cat and will be happy to cuddle her way into your heart as well.  We've been asked many times why her name is Sora.  It was suggested during a naming contest.  A Sora is a little brown water bird and her coloring is somewhat reminiscent of that.   

Lauren 7-2015 

 Lauren DeRosa, Owner, CEO, President.
Certified Bird Feeding Specialist

Lauren made the wonderful transition from “booze” to birds in April of 2006 when she sold the Loveland liquor store that her Dad and her were partners in for 16 years and bought WBU in Fort Collins.  She had been feeding birds in her own backyard for 4 years before turning her hobby into a career.  Her favorite part about owning a WBU franchise is that each day presents new challenges and she loves to spread her passion for the hobby to anyone that’s interested.  While her favorite bird is the American Goldfinch, she is interested in “birdies of another feather” on her days off.  You’ll find her golfing or on any body of water either paddleboarding, kayaking or speed boating whenever the store will allow for time off and the weather on the Front Range will permit.

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           Rebecca Hare, General Manager

         Certified Bird Feeding Specialist In-Training

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Susan Mathis-Lilley 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

Susan Mathis-Lilley, Sales Associate

Certified Bird Feeding Specialist

 

Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Susan moved to Fort Collins from Michigan 10 years ago to get closer to family in the west.  After teaching preschool for five years, she “semi-retired” to pursue other interests such as getting her Master Gardener certification with CSU Extension. She’s been a backyard bird feeder for over 25 years and her birding claim to fame is having won the rookie division spring birding title at Chippewa Nature Center in 1999. 6666666666

 

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Tom Larsen, Sales Associate                                                                                                                                                               Certified Bird Feeding Specialist

 

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Jordan Spalding

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Spalding, Sales Associate

Certified Birdfeeding Specialist

 

Jordan loves going birding and chasing rarities through Colorado, which originally got him interested in Wild Birds Unlimited. He owns a small, female cockatiel named Neelix, so he always has a bird nearby. Outside of birding, he enjoys creating motion graphics and creating videos for local small businesses here in Colorado.  We are so happy to have him on our team and look forward to him sharing his passion for this hobby with our customers! 

 

 

 

Alec Broughton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alec Broughton, Sales Associate

Certified Birdfeeding Specialist

 

Alec's nickname is "Danger", at least that's what he tells us.  Personally, we find him to be quite kind and a great addition to our team!  He owns a corgi named "Todd", to whom he owes his life.  Alec has been with our team since July of 2015 and has just gotten around to writing up his bio for our staff page.  He couldn't believe that anyone might be interested in his life story and thanks anyone that has actually gotten this far in reading this quick snippet of his life.  Stop in and meet Alec soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Yates

 

 

Todd Yates, Sales Associate

Certified Bird Feeding Specialist

Todd joins us from Elkville, IL and is our newest team member.  He moved to Fort Collins in May of 2016 and will attend CSU in the fall to begin studying Natural Resource Management and Tourism.  He enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially hiking and backpacking.  He bikes into work each day and is excited to learn about all of the birds along the Front Range!  The bird he most enjoys seeing is a Bald Eagle.  Stop in and welcome Todd to our team of Bird Nerds!

 

 

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Isaac Scott, Sales Associate

In-Training

 

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Barb Seibert, Sales Associate

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