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:

Grassland Birds with Amber Carver

Thursday October 4, 7:00 p.m.  Come hear Amber Carver talk about her research on grassland birds in Colorado.  Her 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.

Drought and Water Management Conference

Thursday October 25.  Abby Burke, the Western Rivers Regional Program manager for Audubon Rockies, is cvoordinating a water conference hosted by BCAS, Trout Unlimited, and Businesses for Water Stewardship on Thursday October 25 at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Modern Extinctions with Robin Smith

Thursday November 1, 7:00 p.m.  Environmental scientist Robin Smith will be speaking on what is being termed as the Sixth Extinction.  Biologists have identified five periods of rapid extinction in the past and some consider the present day to be in the midst of a sixth.  Robins' program will focus on biological diversity and how this has changed throughout the Earth's history.  Among the topics he will discuss will be the Carolona Parakeet and the Passenger Pigeon.  Please join us at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta at 7:00 p.mAll are welcome and there is no charge.  Contact Sandy at (970) 497-0376 for more information.

Swallows, Swifts, and Peregrine Falcons in Black Canyon National Park with Theresa Childers

Thursday December 6, 7:00 p.m.  Theresa Childers will present an illustrated talk about Swalows, Swifts, and Peregrine Falcons in Black Canyon naitonal Park.  Peregrin falcons nest in the Black Canyon and swallows and swifts are important prey for them.  How can falcons capture such fast and illusive birds on the wing?  Thersa is a National Park Service biologist and has studied peregrine falcons in the park for many years.  She also will talk about what to do if you find a dead bird that might be suitable for collection and future study including who to call and how to collect it.  Theresa'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.

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday October 2, November 6, December 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..

Ridgway/Ouray Area Birding

Saturday September 15, 9:00 a.m.  Join us for a full day of birding at a variety of places in the Ridgway and Ouray areas.  Meet at the Ridgway State park Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m.  We will bird that area for a short time and get organized, then travel fo such places a Billy Creek State Wildlife Area, Top of the Pines, and the Box Canyon Falls.  Bring a lunch and be prepared for variable weather.  If you are coming from the south and would like to meet in the Colona area, contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Owl Creek Pass Birding

Saturday October 13, 9:00 a.m.  Mary Costello and Bruce Ackerman will lead a group to Owl Creek Pass in hopes of finding resident birds and birds still in migration.  Bring a lunch and warm clothes.  We will meet a 9:00 a.m. at the Montrose South City Market parking lot that faces Woodgate Road near the gas station.  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..

Bostwick Park and Kinikin Road Birding

Saturday November 17, 9:00 a.m.  Meet Bruce Ackerman 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. for a morning of birding to Bostwick Park (on the way to the Black Canyon National Park).  We will then head south and travel the backroads east of Montrose along Kinikin Road for added variety.  Bring some food along and clothing for cool weather.  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..

Blue Mesa Reservoir Waterfowl

Saturday December 1, 10:00 a.m.  For the past few years, we have had an annual birding trip to Blue Mesa Reservoir to count Barrow's Goldeneye.  Although Jason Beason has moved on, we would like to continue the tradition because we usually see some very interesting birds.  We will meet at the Lake Fork Marina and boat ramp (just east of the dam) at 10:00 a.m.  Bring a lunch and an abundance of warm clothing, as it can be cold and windy.  Trip size is limited, so sign up in advance to reserv 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.  If the weather looks like it will be terrible, we may need to cancel the trip, so hope for good weather.

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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:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0470063

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