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.

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.


ab virginiaRail CCV

Click Below for the Current Issue of the

Canyon Wrenderings Newsletter

Upcoming Programs:

Bats of Colorado by Evan Phillips

Thursday, August 1, 7:00 p.m., Montrose:  Evan Phillips, wildlife biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will provide a program on the Bats of Colorado. The program will be held at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Avenue at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge and everyone is invited to attend.

Annual Bird House Silent Auction at the Montrose County Fair

Monday July 22 to Saturday July 27:  The Montrose Woodworkers Guild will be donating hand-crafted bird houses to be sold by silent auction during the Montrose County Fair. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the Black Canyon Audubon Society. This generous group of woodcrafters creates unique and functional bluebird houses as a project to raise funds for the Black Canyon Audubon Society programs. BCAS members, their friends, and the general public are also invited to construct bluebird houses to be entered in the silent auction; we especially invite entries to the youth division (under age 18). Bring your bird houses to the Woodworkers Guild booth on Sunday, July 21 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or on Monday, July 22 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The silent auction will close at noon on Saturday July 27; all winners will be contacted after the auction closes and are expected to come and pay for their winning bird house on Saturday (unless prior arrangements have been made). The entire fair will close on Saturday, July 27th. Volunteer help is needed at the booth during the fair and to help set up the BCAS booth. 

Volunteers are needed:  Contact Bruce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (727) 858-5857 if you can fill a shift at the BCAS birdhouse booth sometime between 9 and 5 Monday July 22 to Friday July 26 or at the auction Saturday July 27 from 9-1.

Upcoming Field Trips:

Purple Martin Field Trip

Saturday, July 13, 8:30 a.m.:  The third annual Paonia Ranger District purple martin field trip will be held Saturday July 13, 2019.  Participants will meet at the Paonia River Park at 8:30 a.m. and carpool up Stevens Gulch Road to various sites, then out Forest Road 265, and back to Paonia on Hwy 133 (slightly less than 100 miles with various side trips).  To minimize disturbance to birds, the trip is limited to 16 who must preregister with trip leader Dennis Garrison.  If there is substantial additional interest, a second date will be arranged.  Roads are gravel and in good shape, so most cars are fine for this trip.  Carpooling is encouraged. The trip will visit known past and present purple martin nesting sites from Windy Point to Mule Park to West Muddy Creek.  We will be discussing aspen ecology, future Forest Service projects in the area, purple martin life history, nest boxes, and looking for any and all birds we can find along the way.  Bring binoculars and a bird book, a lunch, maybe a folding chair, a jacket, and some good shoes.  There will not be a lot of hiking, but we will wander off into the woods in a few places.  Expect mosquitoes. We are typically done by mid-afternoon, depending on how much we talk. Contact Dennis Garrison, trip leader, at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-985-2244 to reserve a spot.

Gunnison Valley Field Trip

Wednesday, July 20, 8:00 a.m.:  Join naturalist and photographer Arden Anderson for birding in the Gunnison Valley. We will meet at 8 a.m. at the restroom parking area at the south end of the Lake City Bridge (Hwy 149 & Hwy 50 Junction on the eastern end of Blue Mesa Reservior) about 9 miles west of Gunnison. At this meeting point we will regroup to minimize cars and begin the day by driving east to Gunnison then south on the Gold Basin Road to look for sagebrush birds, including Gunnison Sage Grouse. Returning along the Gunnison River, we will stop at the McCabe Wetlands and Neversink riparian areas. Continuing west, we will check Blue Mesa Reservoir for ducks, grebes, and other water birds. Depending on our luck, we should be done about 12 or 1 pm. As usual, bring water, lunch, insect repellent, sunscreen, and appropriate clothes for changing weather. We hope you will join us. To ensure we all have an enjoyable experience, this trip is limited to 12 people. Please contact Arden to reserve a space by emailing Arden at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling him at (970) 901-5739 after June 19th.

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday August 6, September 3, 8:00 a.m.  First Tuesday Birding Trip. Destinations to be announced. Bruce Ackerman will be leading a birding trip to somewhere good near Montrose.  Meet at the Gold's Gym parking lot (1840 East Main St. also known as the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 8:00 a.m. to get started and carpool. Return to Montrose around noon. For more information contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leucistic red tail Neil Perry 2019l

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:


A Colorado
Chapter of
the National
Audubon Society


Click here to "Like" us on Facebook


Click Below to Access the Current Newsletter

Canyon Wrenderings