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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BCAS Annual Dinner

Remington's Restaurant, Bridges Golf Course, Montrose, Wednesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.  Mark your calendars for the annual BCAS dinner at Remington's Restaurant.  Our speaker this year will be Chris Parish, Director of Global Conservation with The Peregrine Falcon Fund in Arizona, who will talk about the recovery of the California Condor, including the effect of lead poisoning on their decline.  California Condors have come back from the brink of extinction through heroic efforts in captive breeding and systematic release back into its former range.  Condors are wide ranging and have been seen on ocassion in Colorado, something that we hope will happen more often in the future.  More details to come in the next newsletter.  Reservations are required for the dinner by June 10.  Click here for the reservation form.

Upcoming Speakers:

Galapagos Island with Dennis Murphy

Thursday June 7, 7:00 p.m.  Join us to hear Dennis Murphy prevent a slideshow about a trip he took to the Galapagos Islands in 2015. Join us at the Montrose Field House at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome and there is no charge.

            The Montrose Recreation Field House (25 Colorado Ave, formerly the old Montrose Aquatic Center), is on the corner of Colorado Ave. (South 9th St.) and Rio Grande Ave. (behind the Montrose High School).  Contact Sandy at 970-497-0376 for more information.

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday June 3, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 1, December 4, 9:00 a.m.  First Tuesday Birding Trip. Location 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 9:00 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..

Fruitgrowers Reservoir Field Trip, May 22

Tuesday May 22, 8:00 a.m. to noon – Fruitgrower’s Reservoir. Join Bruce Ackerman, president of Black Canyon Audubon Society, for a field trip to Fruitgrowers Reservoir outside of Eckert. This small reservoir is an exciting place to see spring migrants, especially waterfowl and shore birds. On a quick trip on Saturday May 12, we saw Wilson's Phalaropes, Long-billed dowitchers, lots of grebes, an immature bald eagle, and white pelicans. Meet at the Gold's Gym parking lot in Montrose for carpooling or meet us at the reservoir at 9:00 a.m. Call Bruce for more information at (727) 858-5857.

Gunnison Gorge Birding Hike with Bill Harris

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Join Audubon member Bill Harris birding the banks of the Gunnison River in the Gunnison Gorge NCA near Delta, Colorado.  May is an excellent time to view a host of migrating birds and year-round residents, as well.  Expect to see black phoebes, yellow-breasted chats, waterfowl, spotted towhees, yellow warblers, bullocks orioles and several raptors.  There’s always a few surprises.  Expect short walks on flat terrain.  Bring binoculars, appropriate clothing, sunscreen, snacks and water.  Trip limited to 12 people.

Must sign up through Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) web site: www.coloradocanyonsassociation.org/events/2018/5/19/gunnison-gorge-birding-trip

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Field Trip

Saturday, June 9, 8:00 a.m.  Spring birding at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We will carpool from Gold’s Gym parking lot on east Main St. in Montrose at 8 a.m. Bring a lunch or snack and water. To keep the number of cars reasonable, the trip is limited to 12 people. Watch for more information.

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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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