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.


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Birds in Prehistoric Rock Art by Carol Patterson

Wednesday August 26 at 7:00 pm in the Centennial Room (former City Council Chambers) on Centennial Plaza (Uncompahgre Ave between Main St.and South 1st) in Montrose.

There is no charge and the public is invited. For more information call Sandy, 970-497-0376.

Carol Patterson will be giving an illustrated talk titled "Birds in Native American cultures in the Southwest."

Carol is a professional archaeologist and rock art specialist in Montrose. She has studied and evaluated many rock art panels throughout the southwest, including the important petroglyph site in Shavano Valley, just west of Montrose.  Rock art remains one of the great mysteries of the West.  Carol has made a career of learning about rock art and explaining its meanings.  "It is not just art for art's sake," she says, "but was designed for communication and can be read as a system of picture writing."  She will show examples and talk about how Native American cultures in the Southwest depicted birds in rock art.

For more information about Carol and local rock art, follow this link:  http://www.hcn.org/issues/42.2/ancient-conversations

For more information about rock art in Colorado, follow this link:  https://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/rock-art-colorado

Birdhouse Display and Silent Auction a Big Success

Thanks to all of you who volunteered your time at the birdhouse display at the Montrose County Fair.  As you can see in the photo below, it was one of the most engaging displays at the fair!  Many thanks to the Woodworkers Guild who built and donated the birdhouses.  All of the birdhouses sold at the silent auction, bringing over $1,000 for BCAS educational programs.

2017 fair birdhouses


Check out our 2017 calendar of events and elsewhere on the website for upcoming speakers and field trips:


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Tundra swans on the large pond along G50 Road northwest of Delta on Saturday January 21.

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Tundra swans on the large pond along G50 Road northwest of Delta on Saturday January 21.

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