May 2018 N Rim Black Canyon field trip

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

Christmas Bird Counts

BCAS is involved with four Christmas bird counts in our coverage areas: Montrose, Gunnison, Delta, and Hotchkiss.  They all take place during the window of time for the counts, between  December 14, 2022, and January 5, 2023, All levels of birding experience are welcome to attend, and there is no cost to do so.  Each count has a coordinator that you should contact to let them know you will be taking part so that everything works well and no one gets left behind.  Plan to spend the day doing the count or make arrangements with the coordinator if you plan to depart the count before it is done.  Because carpooling typically takes place, we ask that all participants be vaccinated against COVID to participate in groups.  You can also participate by counting birds that come around your home or feeder if it is within a count circle. 

Count Circles focus on specific geographical areas. Each circle is overseen by a Count Coordinator. Count circles will be divided and areas assigned to participants at the beginning of the day. All levels of birding experience are welcome, so don't be concerned about your skill level.  Beginning birders will join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.

Bring warm clothes (dress for expected cold weather), boots, snacks and/or lunch, water, sunscreen, binoculars, spotting scope (if you have one), and bird books.  Some walking is usually involved, but it will be mostly driving and jumping out to get a better look at birds at a variety of spots.  Clip boards are very helpful.

Groups will be provided with maps of assiged portions of the particular area to be covered by each group, a checklist of the birds that might be seen, and instructions.

For additional information on local efforts contact Bruce Ackerman of the Black Canyon Audubon Society at (727) 858-5857 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Count Coordinator for the count you are interested in participating in.  Below are the dates and contacts for each of the four counts in the BCAS area:

Sunday Dec. 18 - Montrose. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Centennial Room off Centennial Plaza, Downtown Montrose. We will break into teams, and you will be given maps and data sheets to complete the field count. Please contact Missy Siders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday Dec. 18 - Gunnison. Contact the organizer Arden Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for meeting time and place.

Saturday Dec. 24 - Delta. Meet at the Delta City Market parking lot at 8:30 am. We will break into teams, and you will be given maps and data sheets to complete the field count. Please contact Amy Seglund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, January 1 - Hotchkiss. Meet at the Hotchkiss City Market parking lot at 8:00 am. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. Please RSVP to Adam Petry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

First Tuesday Field Trips will be at 9:00 a.m. on December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7, and April 4.  Meet at the public parking lot at the intersection of N. 2nd St. and N. Cascade Ave. in Montrose. A leader will accompany the group to a nearby birding hotspot. Return about noon. Independent driving and social distancing, including wearing masks and not sharing equipment, will be the protocol in use. Return should be by about noon.  Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and field guides. Contact Bruce Ackerman at (727) 858-5857 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  Don Marsh at (209) 256-5744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please let us know if you are coming, so we don’t leave you behind. This is especially in case of sudden weather changes.

 Open Water Field Trip

Wednesday, January 11.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Montrose to join us as we search for open ice-free lakes and ponds in the greater Montrose area. These water sources often host large numbers of waterfowl. Trip will conclude in early afternoon. Dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snacks, and a spotting scope if you have one. For more information contact Don at (209) 256-5744 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grand Junction Wildlife Area

Saturday, January 21.   The Grand Junction State Wildlife Area in Mesa County can offer up a good variety of waterfowl and songbirds during the winter months. Join leader Bill Harris as we explore the ponds, fields, and cottonwood forest along the Colorado River. Dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snacks, and a spotting scope if you have one. For questions and to sign up contact Bill Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ridgway Rosy-Finch Trip #1

Saturday, January 28.   Join us as we visit the home of a Ridgway BCAS member who regularly hosts all three species of Rosy-finch at her feeders. We’ll meet in Ridgway at the Cimarron Coffee parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to her home. Because it is a private residence, the trip is limited to 10 participants. Please contact Don Marsh at (209) 256-5744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.

North Fork Winter Raptor Trips

Saturday, February 4 & Sunday, February 5.  Join biologists Jim Lefevre and Adam Petry as they search the North Fork area of the Gunnison for winter raptors, including Eagles as well as Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks. Dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snacks, and binoculars.  Leaders will have spotting scopes. Meet at the City Market in Hotchkiss at 9 a.m. Trip should conclude around 2 or 3:00 p.m. These trips are limited to 12 participants each day. For more information contact Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Montrose Winter Raptor Trips

Saturday, Feb. 11 & Sunday, Feb. 12.  Join Bruce Ackerman and Bill Harris at 9:00 a.m. as they search the Montrose area for winter raptors, including Eagles as well as Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks. Trip will conclude in early afternoon. Dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snacks, binocular and a spotting scope if you have one. These trips are limited to 8 to 9 participants each day (three vehicles). To reserve a space and to learn the meeting place for Saturday’s trip contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To reserve a space on Sunday’s trip, contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ridgway Rosy-Finch Trip #2

Thursday, February 23.  Join us as we visit the home of a Ridgway BCAS member who regularly gets all three species of Rosy-finch at her home feeders. We’ll meet in Ridgway at the Cimarron Coffee parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and carpool up to the Elk Meadows home. Because it is a private residence, the trip is limited to 10 participants. Please contact the trip leader, Don Marsh at (209) 256-5744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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