Welcome to the
Black Canyon Audubon Society

Black Canyon Audubon Society was formed in 1990 and is one of eleven National Audubon Society chapters in Colorado. We are committed to the conservation of natural resources through our birding, conservation and educational activities.

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.

Geographic Range

The region covered by the Black Canyon Audubon society consists of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, San Miguel and Ouray Counties. It encompasses nearly 8300 square miles, an area slightly larger than the state of New Jersey.

Within this region, elevations vary from 4,695 to 14,309 feet above sea level. Rainfall ranges from less than eight inches per year in the lower valleys to more than fifty on the higher peaks. Vegetation varies from desert scrub to boreal forest and alpine tundra.


Presentation at Bill Heddles Recreation Center

Dave Sussman

Birds, Animals, Plants, Geology, and Fossils of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico

September 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 

On September 25, the Black Canyon Audubon Society is sponsoring a PowerPoint presentation by Dave Sussman on the area in Mexico where the Colorado River enters the Gulf of California. Dave and his family have lived in Yuma, Arizona for the last 40 years and have visited the beaches and surrounding areas of the delta, only 100 miles south of their home, innumerable times. They have also been involved in paleontologic research there, in association with Arizona Western College in Yuma, the Page Museum in Los Angeles, and the government of Mexico. Dave and his wife now escape the Arizona summers by moving to their home on Redlands Mesa outside of Hotchkiss during the hottest months. The discussion will cover aspects of the geology, plants, and animals of the area, as well as a summary of the million-year-old fossils discovered there over the last 15 years. The presentation begins at 7PM at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta. The program is open to everyone and is free of charge.


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