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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Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership!

All Memberships Expire at the end of the Year.

The easiest way is to go to the Join BCAS page and renew (or join as a new member) using the PayPal buttons: $20 for an Individual and $30 for a family.  If you prefer to renew by mail, a link to the renewal form will be found there, too.

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.

 Upcoming Programs

All meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande Avene and Colorado Avenue (South 9th St.).  For additional information or to let us know that you would like to do a presentation, please contact Kristal Stridham at (580) 919-5987 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Conservation Ranching for Audubon of the Rockies and Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education

Thursday, December 8, Montrose Field House, 7:00 p.m.  Our guest speakers will be range ecologists Aaron Maier and Dustin Downey, program leaders for 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, as well as progress toward protecting many species of grassland birds. 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 potential ways to improve outcomes for their land, animals, environment, and themselves.

Colorado West Land Trust

Thursday, January 12, Montrose Field House, 7:00 p.m. Rob Bleiberg, Executive Director of Colorado West Land Trust, will be speaking about this nonprofit organization, based in Grand Junction. They “protect and enhance agricultural land, wildlife habitat and scenic lands in western Colorado to benefit the community at large, enrich lives, provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, and ensure our connection to land for generations to come.”

Madagascar Photo Safari

Thursday, February 9, Montrose Field House, 7:00 p.m. Madagascar! Just the name evokes exotic images of nature, leaping lemurs, bulbous Baobab trees, crawling chameleons, rare reptiles, and brightly colored birds. Join us for a photo “safari” by Renée Herring, a retired CPW Watchable Wildlife Coordinator, to explore some wildlife riches found on the island that time forgot. We visited the varied landscapes of rainforests, spiny deserts, lakes and dry forests. Ninety percent of Madagascar’s plant and animal species are found nowhere else on earth.

Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue

Brenda Miller is in need of lumber - scrap or new - posts, plywood, rails, boards - for construction of rehabilitation cages. 

Any condition.

Please contact Brenda Miller at her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at (970) 209-5946. She has a truck and trailer and will pick it up.

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

Phone 970-209-5946                                                          

Click here for her Facebook page    

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some volunteers who can drive injured raptors to rehab centers. Usually the bird is in a pet kennel, and just needs a ride. Nothing hard about it. Please contact Bruce Ackerman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (727) 858-5857 to be on the list for future needs.

 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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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:

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

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