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.
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Field Trips are Back!
**If you are vaccinated and feel comfortable traveling with others that are vaccinated, carpooling can take place.
If you are not vaccinated, you should drive yourself and wear a mask when around others.**
First Tuesday Field Trips
Blue Mesa Reservoir – Gunnison County, Saturday, October 15
Confluence Park and G50 Road -- Delta County, Saturday, November 12
All meetings will begin at 6:00 PM at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande Avene and Colorado Avenue (South 9th St.).
Alamosa, Baca, and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges
Thursday, October 13, Montrose Field House, 6:00 p.m.: Deb Callahan, President of the Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will speak about the Alamosa, Baca, and Monte Vista refuges, and her group’s efforts to support them with fundraising, education, and events. The group is a sponsor of the popular Monte Vista Crane Days in March of each year.
Fuzzy, Feathered, and Freaky Critters that Use Abandoned Mines in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Luis Valley
Thursday, November 10, Montrose Field House, 6:00 p.m.: Our guest speaker will be Dr. Timothy Armstrong, Professor of Biology and Earth Sciences at Adams State University. Tim’s presentation will feature the fuzzy, feathered, and freaky critters that are using abandoned mines in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Luis Valley near Alamosa.
Dustin Downey: Conservation Ranching for Audubon of the Rockies and Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education
Thursday, December 8, Montrose Field House, 6:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Dustin Downey, program leader in charge of Conservation Ranching for Audubon of the Rockies. “Dusty” is also on the board of directors for the Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education. He will be discussing both organizations and their outreach efforts. If you know anyone who is managing ranch or farm properties of any size, please invite them to this presentation so they can hear about how to improve outcomes for their land, animals, environment, and themselves!
Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue
Brenda Miller is in need of lumber - scrap or new - posts, plywood, rails, boards - for construction of rehabilitation cages.
This is a very worthy cause, as Brenda has been the only wildlife rehabilitator in the Montrose/Delta area and is trying to reestablish her service and maintain her license.
Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue is a 501c3 charitable organization. If you do not have lumber for her, perhaps you would consider donating to her cause.
Brenda Miller, Executive Director
Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue, 501c3
PO Box 712, Montrose, CO. 81402-0712
Click here for her Facebook page
- 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.
Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk near Solar Road south of Montrose. Photo taken by Robin Lewis on March 26, 2019.
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: