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 Programs:

Bird Research in Northern Alaska

Thursday February 6, 7:00 p.m.  Aaron Yappert will speak about his bird research last summer on the northern edge of Alaska. Aaron spoke to us last year about his research on Rosy Finches in our area. Come hear his talk about a part of our country that few of us get to see and has many varieties of breeding birds.  Join us at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Delta at 7:00 p.m. (Confluence Park in Delta, 531 Palmer St, off Confluence Drive).  The program is free and open to all.  For more information or to arrange carpooling from Montrose, contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, 9:00 a.m.  First Tuesday Birding Trip. Destinations to be announced. Bruce Ackerman will be leading a birding trip to somewhere good near Montrose.  Meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot (1840 East Main St. also known as the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 9:00 a.m. to get started and carpool. This is a great way for beginning birders to learn birds of the area and to find out some great local places to go, but experienced birders will enjoy the variety of birds that are seen.  Return to Montrose will be around noon. For more information contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Open Water Field Trips - Montrose Area

We will be offering two open water field trips this year.  These are great trips to see ducks, geese, and a variety of other birds that are attracted to the few places where open water can be found.

Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 22, 9:00 a.m.:  Don Marsh will be leading a birding trip to somewhere near Montrose in search of ice-free water and the birds that depend on it. Meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot (the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 9:00 AM to get started and carpool. Return to Montrose will be around noon. For more information contact Don at (209) 256-5744 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Raptor Trips

Our annual Raptor Field Trips are very popular.  As in past years, we will have four trips - two on two separate weekends.  Space is limited to 12 people each day, so please sign up soon so that you don't miss out!  These trips last until early afternoon, so bring a lunch, water, warm clothing, and binoculars.  See the more detailed information below about how to sign up.

North Fork Raptor Run, Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 9:00 a.m.: Join biologists Jim Lefevre and Adam Petry as they search the North Fork area of the Gunnison for winter raptors, including Eagles, Falcons, Ferruginous and Roughlegged Hawks, and Northern Harriers. Meet at the City Market in Hotchkiss at 9:00 a.m. Trip should conclude around 2 or 3:00 p.m. These trips are limited to 12 participants each day. For more information and to sign up contact Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Montrose Area Raptor Run, Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, 16, 9:00 a.m.:  Join Bruce Ackerman and Bill Harris as they search the Montrose area for winter raptors, including Eagles, Falcons, and Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks. Meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot (the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 9:00 a.m. to get started and carpool. Trip should conclude in early afternoon. These trips are limited to 12 participants each day. To reserve a space on Saturday’s trip contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To reserve a space on Sunday’s trip, contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Rosy Finch Field Trips

Dates and times to be determined: Starting in February or March we will again be scheduling some trips to observe Rosy Finches. Dates and details will be available online, on the Facebook page, and in the next newsletter.

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Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk near Solar Road south of Montrose.  Photo taken by Robin Lewis on March 26, 2019.

 

BCAS Donations Through AmazonSmile.com

Although we encourage everyone to shop locally, in the event that you choose to make a purchase through Amazon, please do so by way of AmazonSmile.com and select the Black Canyon Audubon Society as the organization that a percentage of your eligible Amazon purchases will be sent automatically as a charitable contribution. Purchases must be made by going to AmazonSmile for this to take place. Anyone can support the Black Canyon Audubon Society by choosing us as your designated AmazonSmile.com non-profit organization by clicking the link below:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0470063

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