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 the Gunnison Sage Grouse (GUSG) through through joint efforts with GUSG working groups and federal and state agencies.


Many thanks to the Woodworkers Guild of Western Colorado for their construction of the many wonderful birdhouses that they entered in the Montrose County Fair! 

The birdhouses were subject of a silent auction throughout the fair week with the proceeds donated to the Black Canyon Audubon Society for our educational programs.  In addition to the birdhouses, ten birdhouse kits were included in the auction.  Birdhouses ranged from whimsical to basic, but all exhibited excellent craftsmanship.  The $875.35 proceeds from the auction were matched by a generous matching donation by the Woodworkers Guild making a substantial overall contribution to the BCAS of $1,750.70.  This will be put to good use for the educational efforts of BCAS.

Also, thank you to the many BCAS members who donated their time at the birdhouse booth at the fair to talk to patrons about the birdhouses, BCAS, and the silent auction!  Your help made the event at the fair fun and successful!

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Birdhouses on display at the 2016 Montrose County Fair.

Woodworkers Guild check to BCAS Aug 16 2016

Woodworkers Guild president John Renzelman, at left, providing a check to match the proceeds of the silent auction at the Montrose County Fair to BCAS president Jon Horn.

The birdhouses were judged in three categories - Whimsical, Building Style, and Basic - and overall winners were also selected.  Here are the results:

Whimsical Category

1st – Jim Norfleet – Indian Chief

2nd – Jim Norfleet – Cowboy

3rd – Les Gifford – Bird Man

Building Style Category

1st – Rusty Olson – Blue Sheep Camp

2nd – Niles Riese – House with Porch

3rd – John Renzelman – Light House

Basic Birdhouse Category

1st – Len Johnson – Outhouse

2nd – Niles Riese – Wren Condo

3rd – Jon Horn – Bluebird House

Grand Champion – Jim Norfleet – Indian Chief

Reserve Grand Champion – Jim Norfleet – Cowboy

Runner Up – Rusty Olson – Blue Sheep Camp

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