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.
- 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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Recovery of the Gunnison Sage Grouse
Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m., Montrose: Come hear Allison Vendramel speak about the “Recovery of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse”. The Gunnison Sage-Grouse is a unique bird found only in sagebrush habitats of southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. Please join us to learn more about this incredible bird, its habitat, current status, and actions being done to work toward its recovery so that it might be removed from the Endangered Species list. Allison is a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Grand Junction. The program will be held at the Montrose Field House, at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Ave in Montrose. There is no charge and everyone is invited to attend.
Upcoming Field Trips:
First Tuesday Birding Trips
Christmas Bird Counts
The Black Canyon Audubon Society sponsors four Christmas Bird Counts in our area. No experience is needed - you will be included in a group that has experienced birders along so that you will have fun, learn about birds in our area, and great places to go bird watching. Bring binoculars, a lunch, water, and warm clothes. We hope you will plan to participate in one or more!
Our annual Raptor Field Trips are very popular. As in past years, we will have four trips - two on two separate weekends. Space is limited to 12 people each day, so please sign up soon so that you don't miss out! These trips last until early afternoon, so bring a lunch, water, warm clothing, and binoculars. See the more detailed information below about how to sign up.
Open Water Field Trips - Montrose Area
We will be offering two open water field trips this year. These are great trips to see ducks, geese, and a variety of other birds that are attracted to the few places where open water can be found.
Rosy Finch Field Trips
Dates and times to be determined: Starting in February or March we will again be scheduling some trips to observe Rosy Finches. Dates and details will be available online, on the Facebook page, and in the next newsletter.
Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk near Solar Road south of Montrose. Photo taken by Robin Lewis on March 26, 2019.
BCAS Donations Through AmazonSmile.com
Although we encourage everyone to shop locally, in the event that you choose to make a purchase through Amazon, please do so by way of AmazonSmile.com and select the Black Canyon Audubon Society as the organization that a percentage of your eligible Amazon purchases will be sent automatically as a charitable contribution. Purchases must be made by going to AmazonSmile for this to take place. Anyone can support the Black Canyon Audubon Society by choosing us as your designated AmazonSmile.com non-profit organization by clicking the link below: