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:

White-Tailed Ptarmigan - An Alpine Icon in Colorado

Thursday January 3, 7:00 p.m., Delta.  Amy Seglund will provide a talk on White-tailed ptarmigan, a resident of the Alpine tundra in the high mountains of Colorado.  Amy is a conservation bilolgist with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife and has conducted studies of ptarmigan in the Colorado mountains.  She will discuss the basic giology of the ptarmigan, threats to its livelihood, and work the CPW has done on the species.  Please join us at the Montrose Field House at 7:00 p.m. for her informative talk.  All are welcome and there is no charge.  Contact Sandy at (970) 497-0376 for more information.

Constellations and Nebulas That Are Named for Birds

Thursday February 7, 7:00 p.m., Montrose.  Nick Myers of the Black Canyon National Park will talk about contellations and nebulas that are named for birds, the mythology behind the names, and which ones we can see in our area.  Do you know what the Milky Way "Bird Pathway" is?  Nick knows!  More than eight constellations and more than five nebulas are named for birds.  Nick's presentation will be at the Montrose Field House at 7:00 p.m. The Montrose field house is on the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Ave. (South 9th).  All are welcome and there is no charge.  Contact Sandy at (970) 497-0376 for more information.

Sandhill Cranes in Western Colorado

Thursday March 7, 7:00 p.m., Delta.  Van Graham of Grand Junction will speak on the results of his studies on Sandhill cranes in western Colorado.  Van is a retired wildlife biologist.  Please join us at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta at 7:00 p.m. for his informative talk.  All are welcome and there is no charge.  Contact Sandy at (970) 497-0376 for more information.

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, 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 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. 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..

Christmas Bird Counts

Please join us for one or more of the Christmas Bird Counts that take place in the area served by BCAS.  They are fun, a good way to find out about birding spots you normally might not know about, get you in contact with other local birders, and provide important data on the trends of bird populations.  For each, bring plenty of warm clothes, a lunch, and binoculars.  Groups of counters will be arranged at the morning meeting points where experienced birders will be paired up with birders of less experience.  Contact the bird count coordinators ahead of time if you are interested in a particular count area or just to inform them to expect you.  All skill levels are welcome, so don't feel intimidated - just come and have a fun time.

Montrose, Sunday December 16, 8:30 a.m.  Meet at the Centennial Room on Centennial Plaza in downtown Montrose (we formerly met at the BLM Office, but will not be doing so this time).  Plan to meet at the end of th day at 2 Rascals for a beer and to go over the results.  Contact Missy Siders at (970) 275-6639 or her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

Gunnison, Sunday December 16, 7:30 a.m.  Meet at Hurst Hall, Room 130 on the Western State Colorado University Campus in Gunnison.  At the end of the day's birdiing, we will gather to compile our results over a chili potluck.  Contact Arden Anderson at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for additional information.

Delta, Sunday December 23, 8:30 a.m.  Meet at the Delta City Market parking lot.  Contact Amy Seglund at her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for additional information.

Hotchkiss, Saturday, January 5, 8:00 a.m.  Meet at the Hotchkiss City Market parking lot.  Coffee will be provided.  Contact Adam Petry at (970) 462-8702 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information or to RSVP.  Also, Andrea Robinsong has very generously offered to host another catered get-together at her house at 599 Woods Road, Hotchkiss. Warm drinks and lunch will be provided starting at 12:00 p.m. through the end of the afternoon.  RSVPs for Andrea's get-together are desired, so please contact Adam if you would like to attend.

Open Water Field Trip

Saturday, January 19, 8:30 a.m.  Meet at the downtown Montrose City Market to travel to various places in the area that might have open water where interesting waterfowl and other birds might be seen.  We will try to carpool as much as possible at the meeting place.  Bring a lunch and an abundance of warm clothing, as it will likely be cold.  Trip size is limited, so sign up in advance to reserve your place.  Contact Jon Horn at (970) 209-5404 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up and for more information.  Lik all of our winter trips, if the weather looks like it will be terrible, we may need to cancel the trip, so hope for good weather.

Raptor Field Trips

Every year we do raptor field trips - two days each in the North Fork Valley and Uncompahgre Valley.  Trips will go until 2:00 or 3:00 each day and are limited to 12 participants each day.  Please sign up in advance to reserve your place.  Usually there is a waiting list, so if you sign up and then are unable to attend, let the trip leader know in advance so your place can be filled by an appreciative next person on the list.  Bring a lunch, warm clothes, and binoculars.  Carpools will be arranged at the meeting places to reduce the numbers of cars in the caravan.

North Fork/Hotchkiss Area:  Saturday February 9 and Sunday February 10, 9:00 a.m.:   Meet at the Hotchkiss City Market parking lot at 9:00 a.m. each day.  Trips will be co-led by Jim LeFevre and Adam Petry.  Contact Jim LeFevre at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information and to sign up.

Uncompahgre Valley/Montrose Area; Saturday February 16 and Sunday February 17, 8:30 a.m.:  Meet at the Downtown Montrose City Market south of the gas pumps at 8:30 a.m. each day.  Trips will be led by Bill Harris and Bruce Ackerman.  Contact Bill Harris at (970) 615-7166 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for the Saturday trip.  Contact Bruce Ackerman at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for the Sunday trip.

Eckert Crane Days

Friday-Sunday, March 15, 16, and 17, 9:00 a.m.:  Join us as we clebrate the annual migration of Sandhill Cranes through western Colorado.  We will be at Crane Point or along the causeway on the north side of Fruitgrower's Reservoir beginning at 9:00 a.m. to welcome visitors, provide information about cranes, and will have spotting scopes set up for crane viewing.  The cranes typically arrive the night before and lift off for thier journey northward between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. each morning, so make sure to arrive in time to view them in the nearby fields and to enjoy their raucous lift off.  More information to come.

BCAS Annual Dinner

Wednesday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.:  It's not too soon to put this on your calendar.  Please join us for a delightful dinner and speaker presentation at the upstairs meeting room at Remington's Restaurant at the Bridges Golf Course.  The speaker and menu are yet to be decided upon, but the food is always good and the speaker is someone who makes it a fun evening.  More information to come.  We hope that you will be able to join us and that you will bring friends along with you.  It is not necessary to be a BCAS member to attend, just to have an interest in having a wonderful evening.

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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:

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