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:

Christmas Bird Counts

Annual Christmas Bird Countswill be held in Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, and Hotchkiss on the dates indicated below. 

All skill levels are invited.  Beginning birders will be matched up with more experienced birders.

Bring warm clothes (dress for cold weather), snack and/or lunch, drinks, binoculars, spotting scope (if you have one), bird books. You will be provided with a map of a birding area and a checklist of birds that might be seen. Instructions will be given prior to beginning of each count.

If you can’t make the count in your area, you can still watch your bird feeders and report those observations.

Delta, Saturday December 16.  Meet Amy Seglund at the Delta City Market parking lot at 8:00 a.m. to join other participants and get set up.  Please contact Amy at 970-252-6014 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in participating or need additional information.  Even if you haven't contacted Amy beforehand, you can still participate by just coming to the meeting place.

Montrose, Saturday, December 16.  Meet Missy Siders at the Public Lands (BLM/Forest Service) Office parking lot, 2465 South Townsend Avenue at 8:30 a.m.  Signs will direct you to the meeting place in the warehouse. We will bird most of the day until we finish all assigned areas or run out of daylight.  All data needs to be turned into Missy by the end of the day. Contact Missy Siders, 970-240-5332 or by email.  After the count, please join us for good cheer and a recap at Two Rascals Brewing Co. in Montrose around 4:00 p.m.

Gunnison, Sunday, December 17.  Meet Arden Anderson at Hurst Hall Room 130 on the Western State University Campus at 7:30 a.m. to get organized and break into field teams. Things can be wintry in Gunnison, so come prepared for whatever weather we may have. We will bird most of the day then get back together for a potluck at Arden Anderson’s house at 5:30 p.m.to compile our results. Those planning to join us are encouraged to contact Arden beforehand so we can start to plan out our field teams. Contact Arden at 970 901-5739 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for further information. Unless other arrangements have been made, all data needs to be turned into the leader by the end of the day.

Hotchkiss, Sunday, December 17. Meet Adam Petry at the Hotchkiss City Market parking lot in Hotchkiss at 8:30 a.m. We will survey in small groups until early or late afternoon. Coffee and bottled water will be provided. Please contact Adam Petry for more information or to RSVP at 970.462.8702 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In addition, Andrea Robinsong will be hosting a catered get-together at her house following the count.

Tuesday January 2

Tuesday January 2, 8:00 a.m.  First Tuesday Birding Trip. Location to be announced. Bruce Ackerman will be leading a birding trip to somewhere good near Montrose.  Meet at the Gold's Gym parking lot (1840 East Main St. also known as the corner of Hillcrest Dr and Highway 50) at 8:00 a.m. to get started and carpool. Return to Montrose around noon. For more information contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Open Water Field Trip

Sunday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. Meet Jon Horn at the Montrose downtown City Market south of the fuel pumps at 9:00 a.m.  We will visit several places with open water between Montrose and Delta where we can expect to see a wide variety of waterfowl and other birds. Contact Jon at (970) 209-5404 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.  Bring a lunch, warm clothes, binoculars, and a spotting scope, if you have one.

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.

North Fork area: Saturday, February 10 and Sunday February 11, 9:00 a.m.  Trips will be led by Jim LeFevre and Adam Petry. Contact Jim at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to reserve your place. We plan to leave at 9:00 a.m. from the Hotchkiss City Market. We will look for raptors until 2-3 p.m. Wear warm clothes; bring lunch, binoculars, spotting scope (if you have one), and something to drink.

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.

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.

Upcoming Speakers:

Gunnison Sage Grouse by Dr. Patrick McGee, December 7

Dr. Patrick McGee will be providing an illustrated talk on Gunnison Sage Grouse on Thursday December 7 at 7:00 pm at the Montrose Recreation Field House (Old Montrose Aquatic Center; 25 Colorado Avenue) on the corner of Colorado Ave. (South 9th St.) and Rio Grande Ave.  Dr. McGee is a professor at Western State University in Gunnison and has worked with Gunnison Sage Grouse for many years.  Contact Sandy for more information: (970) 497-0376 or emailThere is no charge and all are welcome.

Mountain Lions by Dr. Ken Logan, January 4

Dr. Ken Logan of Colorado Parks and Wildlife wil talk about mountain lions and the results of his local research. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, in Montrose at the Montrose Recreation Field House (Old Montrose Aquatic Center; 25 Colorado Avenue) on the corner of Colorado Ave. (South 9th St.) and Rio Grande Ave.  There is no charge and all are welcome.

Birding and Sea Kayaking off Baja California, Mexico, February 1

Come hear BCAS President Bruce Ackerman and Susan Werner talk about their recent adventure sea kayaking and birding off Baja California, Mexico at 7:00 p.m.on Thursday, February 1, in Montrose at the Montrose Recreation Field House (Old Montrose Aquatic Center; 25 Colorado Avenue) on the corner of Colorado Ave. (South 9th St.) and Rio Grande Ave.  There is no charge and all are welcome.

Sandhill Cranes in Western Colorado by Van Graham, March 1

Van Graham of Grand Junction will be speaking on the results of his studies related on Sandhill Cranes in western Colorado at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday March 1 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.  There is no charge and all are welcome.

 

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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.

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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