Welcome to the Black Canyon Audubon Society

Black Canyon Audubon Society was formed in 1990 and is one of 11 National Audubon Society chapters in Colorado. The BCAS is committed to the conservation of natural resources through our birding, conservation, and educational activities. The region covered by the Black Canyon Audubon society encompasses nearly 8,300 square miles and includes Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, San Miguel and Ouray counties. Within this region, elevations vary from 4,695 to 14,309 feet above sea level. Rainfall ranges from less than 8 inches per year in the lower valleys to more than 50 on the higher peaks. Vegetation varies from desert scrub to boreal forest and alpine tundra.

Chapter Goals

  • To promote the conservation of natural resources through informative public programs, our newsletter and this web site.
  • To provide the opportunity for the observation and study of birds and other wildlife, through our field trips.
  • To offer early education programs including bird banding stations and classroom bird skin programs.
  • To empower our members and the public with the knowledge to be effective environmental advocates.
  • To contribute to the recovery of the Gunnison Sage Grouse (GUSG) through joint efforts with GUSG working groups and federal and state agencies.


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Upcoming Field Trips:

Annual Raptor Trips: North Fork Valley and Montrose

The Raptor Field Trips were initiated several years ago by now deceased Audubon member, Herb Probasco. These field trips are organized in his memory. Based on past trips, you can expect to see most Red-tailed Hawk morphs, Rough-legged Hawks, Golden and Bald Eagles, Kestrels, Northern Harriers, and other species, depending on the weather.  All trips are limited to 12 participants per day, so sign up early so that you do not miss out.

Montrose area: Saturday, February 17 and Sunday February 18, 8:30 a.m.  The Montrose area is home to several wintering and
resident raptors. We will travel the back roads to view these avian species. Meet at 8:30 a.m. south of the fuel pumps at the Montrose downtown City Market.  We will carpool and proceed to viewing areas. The field trip will end in early afternoon; bring your lunch, binoculars, spotting scope (if you have one), and warm clothes.  Please contact Bill Harris at 970-615-7166 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to sign up andfor more information.

Crawford/North Rim of the Black Canyon: Sunday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. As part of International Migratory Bird celebrations, we will have a day-long exploration of some habitats in Delta country. We will begin at Crawford State Park and then continue to the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Meet at the visitor center of Crawford State Park at 8:00 a.m.   Participants will need to either purchase or posses a Colorado State Parks pass. The group will move to the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for birding along the rim and in Pinion/Juniper forest. May at this elevation can see a wide variety of weather so bring appropriate clothing and a lunch. The trip is limited to twelve, so please email Chris at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to reserve a spot.

Eckert Crane Days, March 16-18

Annual Eckert Crane Days, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 16, 17, and 18, at Crane Point or the Causeway at Fruitgrowers Reservoir near Eckert, 8:30 a.m.-noon.  We will be observing migrating sandhill cranes and area waterfowl. We will hope for favorable weather.  The cranes typically fall out in the evenings and lift off about 10:00 or 11:00 the next day on their migration northward.  The Crane Days event is planned for each morning in anticipation of observing the morning lift off.  Bring your binoculars; BCAS members will have spotting scopes set up for the use of visitor and will be present to answer questions.  Bluebird boxes will be available for a donation of $20 each.

BCAS Annual Dinner

Remington's Restaurant, Bridges Golf Course, Montrose, Wednesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.  Mark your calendars for the annual BCAS dinner at Remington's Restaurant.  Our speaker this year will be Chris Parish, Director of Global Conservation with The Peregrine Falcon Fund in Arizona, who will talk about the recovery of the California Condor, including the effect of lead poisoning on their decline.  California Condors have come back from the brink of extinction through heroic efforts in captive breeding and systematic release back into its former range.  Condors are wide ranging and have been seen on ocassion in Colorado, something that we hope will happen more often in the future.  More details to come in the next newsletter.  Reservations will be required for the dinner: additional information coming soon.


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Tundra swans on the large pond along G50 Road northwest of Delta on Saturday January 21.

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Tundra swans on the large pond along G50 Road northwest of Delta on Saturday January 21.

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