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.
Virtual Birding Tours
For those of you wishing you could go on a fabulous bird tour somewhere exotic, here is an opportunity to do so from your own home. Maybe you will get some great ideas of places you will really get to go to once travel can happen again!
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All in Person Field Trips and Programs are Cancelled until further notice: See below for a ZOOM Program
We look forward to seeing you on future field trips and programs, so be sure to check back in with us when we have the all clear to begin scheduling them in the future.
For now, enjoy the birds around your house and in your locl neighborhood. Please take care of yourself, family members, friends, and fellow citizens by limiting interactions outside of your home to only those that are necessary. Wear masks, when appropriate, wash your hands often, and use hand sanitizer in situations that warrant it. Do not hoard toilet paper or other necessities, particularly those needed by health providers and those needed by people with underlying health conditions. Except for the virus, there is nothing to fear except fear itself, so stay calm, take necessary precautions, and stay well.
- 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.
We were deeply saddened by the news of the deaths of Julie and Richard Duncan, who many knew as neighbors in Cobble Creek in Montrose. Both were lovers of the outdoors and wildlife. Julie, in particular, was a participant on BCAS field trips and was a lover of birds. We would like to recognize contributions made to the BCAS in the memory of Julie and Richard. We will put the donations to good use in our outreach and education programs. Thank you very much to:
Sue and Bill Hirschman Stan Braithwaite and Keena Unruh Kathi Poulos
Irene Reed Tessia Smith Christine Cummins Kathleen Griffin
Richard Gleichauf Lorie Lail Elizabeth Wilder Diego and Kayla Casillas
Karen Stepcick Kathleen Condon Doug Youngdahl
Jeanne and Bill Silva Don and Patty English Ted and Marilyn Braithwaite
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ZOOM Virtual presentation by Bruce Ackerman of he and Susan Werner's trip to Antarctica in February-March 2002
THURS, JULY 9, 2020, 7:00-8:30pm, MDT
Susan and Bruce went to Antarctica by ship from Argentina in Feb-March 2020 including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands on the way. These areas have some of the most unbelievable numbers of birds and wildlife in the world. Join us to see great photos of penguins, seabirds, whales, seals, and icebergs. Share our trip! Cool down just looking at icebergs!
Pass the word, you can watch from anywhere. Please invite anyone you know.
Usually, many of our members might not be able to attend an in-person meeting in Montrose. But now we can reach even more people, who live in western Colorado, and anywhere in the world!!
Zoom is a safe and easy way to participate in your Audubon Group. You have to download the free software in advance of the meeting.
To Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84644519543?pwd=bVBScSthbER3ZlZLVHcyTjY2WWpWZz09
Meeting ID: 846 4451 9543 Password: 869864
Upcoming Field Trips:
Canceled until further notice
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: