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.


 Please consider building and entering a birdhouse into this year’s Montrose County Fair.

Birdhouses can be of any design that you like and are eligible for ribbons.  The only requirements are that they  be suitable for bird use and have a means for being cleaned out.   A birdhouse silent auction will be held at the end of the fair, and you can designate Black Canyon Audubon Society as the beneficiary of the sale proceeds!  Click for entry and silent auction forms with some of the information already filled out (including BCAS as the beneficiary of the silent auction sale).

There is a separate category for kids, so this would be a fun project to work on together with a son, daughter, or grandchild.

Birdhouses can be entered 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday July 23 or Monday July 25 at the Fairgrounds Office upstairs in Friendship Hall.  They will then be on exhibit and available for bidding in a silent-auction format during the week of the fair, July 23-29. 

Come by the fair often during July 23-29 to visit the birdhouse display and to bid on your favorites at the Silent Auction.  The Silent Auction will finish on Friday afternoon July 29, so make sure to visit then to make sure you have the winning bids on the birdhouses of your choice!

Pass the word to others you know who might be interested.  You do not need to be a BCAS member to enter a birdhouse!

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