WHO ARE WE??
Sora RIP Sweet Little Cat
June 26, 2010 - November 10, 2019
A beautiful wish for her came from one of our customers - "Blessings for a wonderful life across the rainbow bridge"
WBU Fort Collins Official Store Cat Since 2011
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. We miss this beautiful little girl every day and our hearts are heavy that she left us far sooner than any of us could have dreamed. She touched many lives and the Fort Collins Cat Rescue contacted us to let us know that not only did they receive calls about her passing but over $1,000 was donated in her memory since her passing. She will be remembered in their entryway with a brick and picture. Perhaps the next time you visit this amazing organization you'll see her smiling back at you.
Lauren DeRosa, Owner, CEO, President
Certified Bird Feeding Specialist Since 2006
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 paddle boarding, kayaking or boating at Horsetooth Reservoir whenever the store will allow for time off and the weather on the Front Range will permit. It's 2020 and with new knees, she's ready for whatever the birding world (and COVID) might toss her way! This has been a particularly challenging year in retail and definitely at the store. We've adapted to the new "normal" and hope that we can continue to offer a spectacular shopping experience whether in-store, curbside or online.
Andrea (pronounced Ahn-DRE-ah) Hyatt, Assistant Manager
Certified Bird Feeding Specialist, In-Training
Andrea is a Denver native who now lives in Fort Collins with her wife, kids, and six dogs. She is our new
assistant manager but finishing up her Medical Degree. She groomed dogs and managed salons for ten
years, so bring your dogs in to meet her! She is becoming quite the bird feeding expert and loves
It should be noted that Andrea came onto the team in late March 2020. As of this writing, it's fresh in everyone's memory, however, she had NO IDEA what she was getting into with the arrival of COVID-19. She was prepared to train in helping to run a nice, relatively predictable, retail bird feeding store and in an instant, nothing was "normal". Without her hard work and willingness to hang on for dear life, we would have struggled as a team.
Susan Mathis-Lilley, Team Leader
Certified Bird Feeding Specialist Since 2013
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.
Tom Larsen, Team Leader
Certified Bird Feeding Specialist Since January 2017
Tom was born and raised in Fort Collins! When he isn't working or studying to be a personal trainer, he enjoys playing tennis, working out and hanging out with his cat! He also makes time for DC Comics, of which he is a big fan!
Erin Carlson, Team Member In-Training
Bio and Photo Coming Soon!
Kristen Jackson, Team Member
Certified Bird Feeding Specialist since January 2018
Kristen comes to us born and raised in Fort Collins, CO! She lives in Loveland, married with one child, one dog and one cat. She has a passion for creating and designing art and has her own business, Needful Things, which she promotes in local craft fairs and the Maker's Markets. She came to us because of her passion for feeding birds in her own backyard, and is especially fond of the hummingbirds that visit each year. Her most favorite sound on earth when camping in the foothills is the wind blowing through the pine trees with hummingbirds buzzing all around. She decided to leave the corporate world to work with and support a locally-owned business. We are so happy to welcome her to our team and invite you to come in and say hello!
Jeff Kehoe, Team Member
Certified Bird Feeding Since August 2018
Jeff comes to our team by way of Wisconsin but has been a resident of Northern Colorado for the past 30 years. He was formerly a Fisheries Biologist and Software Engineer but found his way to us with a passion for birds and birding. He brings a wealth of birding knowledge and bird identification skills that make our team even stronger as a source of information when you have a bird that you just can quite identify. Stop in and say hello and he will be happy to share his knowledge of the hobby with you!
Aubrey Davis, Team Member
Certified Bird Feeding Specialist Since August 2018
Aubrey is our resident Electrical Engineer who recently graduated from CSU. Even though her heart is in electronics, nothing beats enjoying the outdoors and her passion for nature. Her variety of feeders have become Cat TV for two of her rescues. She loves bird watching at Grandview Cemetery. Her favorite birds are bushtits because they're so adorable. Stop in and let Aubrey's enthusiasm for this wonderful hobby wash over you so that you can find the same joy!
Amy Spinden - Team Member In Training
Bio and Photo Coming Soon!
Hunter Dyer - Team Member and Backroom Stocker
On College Hiatus
Hunter came to us in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic because we needed help in the backroom! Between online, curbside and delivery of products throughout the store shutdown, he was a valuable team member that helped make it all possible. He came to us with a desire to learn about backyard birds and share some of his new knowledge of the hobby with his Grandpa! Apparently, this wonderful hobby runs in families, and Hunter is no exception. He will be back in the store, hopefully for holiday and summer breaks from Colorado Mesa University where he is majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Sports Management.