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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Upcoming Field Trips:

Connected Lakes, Grand Junction Area

Saturday, October 14, 8:00 am:  Meet on the northeastern side of the Delta City Market parking lot to carpool to Connected Lakes State Park outside of Grand Junction.  There is  lots of good bird habitat along the Colorado River and we hope to see lots of waterfowl and other birds.  A bird banding station is in operation at the State Park, so we will see what they are up to. Trip will be led by Bruce Ackerman. Please contact Susan at (970) 688-0757 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you are coming and to arrange car pooling  from Montrose.

Tuesday November 7

Tuesday November 7, 8:00 am: Tuesday Birding Trip. Location to be announced. I'll be leading a birding trip to somewhere good. Carpool from Montrose, 8am to noon, meet at the Gold's Gym parking lot (1840 East Main St. also known as the corner of Hillcrest Dr and Highway 50). 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..

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Saturday December 2, 10:00 am:  Join us as we look for fall ducks and other birds around Blue Mesa Reservoir, near Gunnison. Meet at the Lake Fork Marina and boat ramp (near the Blue Mesa dam) at 10 a.m. We are most interested in finding Barrow’s Goldeneye ducks, but are likely to see all kinds of waterfowl and other winter resident birds.  Please sign up to reserve a place. Bring a lunch, binoculars, spotting scope (if you have one), and cold weather gear. Contact trip leader Bruce Ackerman (727-858-5857) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for directions, more information, and to sign up.  Carpooling available.

Upcoming Speaker:

Pollination, Wildflowers, and Climate Change by Dr. David Inouye

Please join us on Thursday November 16, a 7:00 pm to hear a presentation by Dr. David Inouye on “Pollination, Wildflowers, and Climate Change” at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.  Dr. Inouye, a retired professor of biology, conducts research during the summers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory outside of Gothic, near Crested Butte.  He has been studying the interactions of hummingbirds, bees, and wildflowers in the high mountains of Colorado for many years.  He is a national expert in research on climate change. Contact Sandy for more information: 970 497-0376 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Carpooling available to Delta.

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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