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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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.

Upcoming Speakers:

 Bird Rehabilitation and Human Conflicts with Migratory Birds by Brenda Miller

Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m, Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Delta:  Brenda Miller will present an illustrated talk about the rehabilitation of injured birds and injuries to birds caused by interactions with humans, including window, automobiles, lead poisoning, and disease spread at feeders.  Brenda has many years of experience in rehabilitating birds at the Roubideau Rim Rehabilitation Center.  The program is open to the public and is free of charge.

Bears by Kelly Crane

Thursday, April 5, 7:00 p.m., Montrose Field House, Montrose:  Kelly Crane of Colorado Parks and Wildlife will present an illustrated talk on bears in western Colorado.  This will include information about thier natural history, habits, adaptations to a changing environmental, and increasing human encroachment.  The program is open to the public and free of charge.

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds in Gothin by Dr. David Inouye

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 p.m., Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Delta: Dr. David Inouye will return to speak on "Broad-tailed Hummingbirds in Gothic: where males spend the night, and how bill size and shape influence flower choice.”   Dr. Inouye is a retired professor of biology and conducts research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory outside of Gothic, Colorado.  The program is open to the public and free of charge.

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trip March 6

Tuesday February 6, March 6, 9:00 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..

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.  Contact Chris Lazo at (970) 424-3309 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for additional information.

  • As part of Eckert Crane Days, Hart’s Ranch is offering a free lunch on Saturday March 17 at 12:30 p.m.
    Hart’s Ranch, adjacent to the Causeway, was recently sold to a real estate investment company that is interested in supporting sustainable, environmentally friendly, development of commercial and agricultural lands. The ranch was purchased as an investment property to support the local economy, promote sustainable management, and to provide for wildlife habitats. They are offering a free lunch to provide an opportunity for them to interact with the local community and to get conservation-minded individuals together with organizations that they can partner with to improve wildlife habitat and begin discussions about easements. The free lunch is their way to give back to the community and promote conservation and sustainable management. More information will be available at the BCAS information table.

Paradox Valley and West End Field Trip, May 4-5

The Paradox Valley and West End areas have a great mix of habitats ranging from desert scrub to classic alpine to riparian, allowing for a rich mix of birds during the spring migration. Nucla residents and Audubon members Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright will assist the group in checking out prime birding areas. We might see over 70 species. Expect several short walks to access bird habitat.  Expect to see a variety of waterfowl, sagebrush sparrow, vireos, yellow-breasted chat, Grace’s warbler, black phoebe, and a host of other migrants. Day 1 will wrap up near Naturita, so participants can access either hotel accommodations or camp for the night. The Uravan Ball Park campground is open for our use and the Rimrock Hotel (970) 865-2500 in Naturita has newly renovated rooms at reasonable prices.  A potluck dinner for the 4th and breakfast for the 5th will be organized for participants.  The field trip is limited to 12 participants. To sign up contact Bill Harris at (970) 615-7166 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Directions to the meeting site will be sent to those who sign up.

International Migratory Bird Celebration Field Trip, May 13

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.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Field Trip

Saturday, June 9, 8:00 a.m.  Spring birding at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We will carpool from Gold’s Gym parking lot on east Main St. in Montrose at 8 a.m. Bring a lunch or snack and water. To keep the number of cars reasonable, the trip is limited to 12 people. Watch for more information.

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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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