May 2018 N Rim Black Canyon field trip

BCAS field trip group on the North Rim of the Black Canyon.

Purple Martin Field Trip

Saturday, July 13, 8:30 a.m.:  The third annual Paonia Ranger District purple martin field trip will be held Saturday July 13, 2019.  Participants will meet at the Paonia River Park at 8:30 a.m. and carpool up Stevens Gulch Road to various sites, then out Forest Road 265, and back to Paonia on Hwy 133 (slightly less than 100 miles with various side trips).  To minimize disturbance to birds, the trip is limited to 16 who must preregister with trip leader Dennis Garrison.  If there is substantial additional interest, a second date will be arranged.  Roads are gravel and in good shape, so most cars are fine for this trip.  Carpooling is encouraged. The trip will visit known past and present purple martin nesting sites from Windy Point to Mule Park to West Muddy Creek.  We will be discussing aspen ecology, future Forest Service projects in the area, purple martin life history, nest boxes, and looking for any and all birds we can find along the way.  Bring binoculars and a bird book, a lunch, maybe a folding chair, a jacket, and some good shoes.  There will not be a lot of hiking, but we will wander off into the woods in a few places.  Expect mosquitoes. We are typically done by mid-afternoon, depending on how much we talk. Contact Dennis Garrison, trip leader, at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-985-2244 to reserve a spot.

Gunnison Valley Field Trip

Wednesday, July 20, 8:00 a.m.:  Join naturalist and photographer Arden Anderson for birding in the Gunnison Valley. We will meet at 8 a.m. at the restroom parking area at the south end of the Lake City Bridge (Hwy 149 & Hwy 50 Junction on the eastern end of Blue Mesa Reservior) about 9 miles west of Gunnison. At this meeting point we will regroup to minimize cars and begin the day by driving east to Gunnison then south on the Gold Basin Road to look for sagebrush birds, including Gunnison Sage Grouse. Returning along the Gunnison River, we will stop at the McCabe Wetlands and Neversink riparian areas. Continuing west, we will check Blue Mesa Reservoir for ducks, grebes, and other water birds. Depending on our luck, we should be done about 12 or 1 pm. As usual, bring water, lunch, insect repellent, sunscreen, and appropriate clothes for changing weather. We hope you will join us. To ensure we all have an enjoyable experience, this trip is limited to 12 people. Please contact Arden to reserve a space by emailing Arden at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling him at (970) 901-5739 after June 19th.

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday August 6, September 3, 8:00 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 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..




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