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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Birdhouses at the Montrose County Fair - Montrose Woodworkers Guild Benefit to BCAS

July 23 through July 28:  Annual Bird House Silent Auction  at the Montrose County Fair. The Montrose Woodworkers Guild will be donating hand-crafted bird houses to be sold by silent auction during the Montrose County Fair. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the Black Canyon Audubon Society. This generous group of woodcrafters creates unique and functional bird houses as a project to raise funds for the Black Canyon Audubon Society programs. 

Come down to Friendship Hall at the fair to see the wonderful display.  The silent auction runs all week with the finale at noon on Saturday July 28.  If you want to make sure you get the birdhouse of your choice, be there Saturday morning for final bidding and to pick up your winning birdhouse! 

Upcoming Speakers:

Indonesian Adventures with Arden Anderson

Thursday September 6, 7:00 p.m.  Come hear local birder and naturalist Arden Anderson talk about his Indonesian adventures.  Arden will provide a well-illustrated PowerPoint talk on his  travels through Indonesia that will include colorful birds and other wildlife.  Come join us at the Montrose Field House at 7:00 p.m. The Montrose field house is located on the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Ave. (South 9th).  All are welcome and there is no charge.

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4, 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..

Bird Banding Ridgway State Park Public Day

Saturday, September 8, 7:00-10:30 a.m.: This year's date for the public to observe bird banding at Ridgway State Park is Saturday, September 8.  Drive to the Dallas Creek Unit (southern end of the reservoir) and walk across the bridge to watch birds banded and released. This is the 13th year for this annual event. The Dallas Creek entrance is the southern-most park entrance and will require a Colorado State Parks entry fee or pass.

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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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