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BCAS field trip group to Ouray after a fun morning hiking part of the Ouray Perimeter Trail and visiting the Black Swifts at the Box Canyon.


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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