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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Annual Dinner and Program

Saturday July 23

The BCAS Annual Dinner is back after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. We plan to meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Cerise Park Picnic Shelter in Montrose.  Please reserve a box dinner using the form below, or download the form here.  Dinners will be prepared by the Camp Robber Cafe and will need to be reserved by July 15 by returning the form to BCAS, PO Box 387, Delta, CO 81416.  Please contact Bill Harris at (970) 901-4022 or Bruce Ackerman at (727) 858-5857 for more information or if you have questions.  Especially exciting will be a presentation by Nature's Educators using live birds.  Bring a camp chair so you are comfortable eating, visiting, and watching the program.

 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

The First Tuesday Field Trips have been started again.  These will be on July 5, and August 2 .  Meet at 8:00 a.m. 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.. Please let us know if you are coming, so we don’t leave you behind. This is especially in case of sudden weather changes.

Silver Jack Reservoir and the Cimarron, Wednesday June 15

Explore this lightly birded watershed east of Cerro Summit. Spring migrants should still be moving through the area, and the resident breeders should be in full song. Temperatures may be cool in the morning so dress in layers, bring drinks, snacks, and a lunch. We’ll return to Montrose in the early afternoon. For questions and to sign up, contact Don Marsh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (209) 256-5744.  Sorry! Field Trip is filled up

Grand Mesa, Saturday June 25

The Grand Mesa has a wonderful array of birds during the summer that include Lincoln's sparrow, Swainson's hawk, American three-toed woodpecker, hermit thrush, pine grosbeak, and red crossbill, to name a few.  We will be stopping along Highway 65 at several points and going for short hikes to view birds.  Hiking distance will be around 2-3 miles total.  This will be an all-day trip, so bring, lunch, snacks, water, and clothing to deal with cool or inclement weather.  Group size is limited to 10 people, so contact Bill Harris at (970) 901-4022 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to insure your spot.  Participants will meet at the parking lot at the corner of N. 2nd St. and N. Cascade Ave. in Montrose at 8:00 a.m.

Ridgway State Park, Saturday August 27

Ridgway State Park in late August can host a variety of migrating shorebirds and post-breeding songbirds.  The state park charges a $9 day use fee, so we will meet at the Visitor Center near the Dutch Charlie entrance a 8:00 a.m. to see if we can carpool with annual pass holders to minimize expenses.  We will wrap up around noon.  As always in Colorado, dress in layers, bring water, a lunch or snacks, and a spotting scope, if you have one.  Please contact trip leader Don Marsh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (209) 256-5744 to RSVP.

 Upcoming Programs:  In-Person Programs Canceled until further notice

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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