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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Canyon Wrenderings Newsletter

Upcoming Programs:

American Pikas in Colorado

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m., Montrose:  Amy Seglund of Colorado Parks and Wildlife will talk aboiut her research on American Pikas in Colorado.  These tiny mammals live at the highest altitudes in our mountains.  Come learn about their adaptations to our snowy peaks.  The program will be held at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Avenue at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge and everyone is invited to attend.

 Pinyon Jays by Shawn Connor

Thursday, November, 7:00 p.m., Montrose:  Shawn Connor, biologist with BIOlogic, will present about his research project on Pinyon Jays. The program will be held at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Avenue at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge and everyone is invited to attend.

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday October 1, November 5, and December 3, 9:00 a.m.  First Tuesday Birding Trip. Destinations to be announced. Bruce Ackerman will be leading a birding trip to somewhere good near Montrose.  Meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot (1840 East Main St. also known as the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 9:00 a.m. to get started and carpool. This is a great way for beginning birders to learn birds of the area and to find out some great local places to go, but experienced birders will enjoy the variety of birds that are seen.  Return to Montrose will be around noon. For more information contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

More Birds in the Ridgway/Ouray Area Field Trip

Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.:  Come join us as we explore additional areas for fall birds. We will be on the lookout for Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Fox Sparrows, Dusky Flycatchers, and Three-toed Woodpeckers. We are hoping to see local resident birds and the final wave of migrants heading south.  This trip will be led by Bruce Ackerman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 727-858-5857); please contact him ahead of time so he knows you are planning to attend. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, and binoculars and be prepared for weather. Meet at 9:00 AM at City Market South in the parking lot facing Woodgate Rd. near the gas station. For those coming from areas south of Montrose, contact Bruce for a meeting location.

Grand Junction Wildlife Area Field Trip

Tuesday, October 15, 8:00 a.m.: The Grand Junction State Wildlife Area near the Colorado River is a good fall and winter birding spot . We may stop at some other good birding spots on the way back. Meet at 8:00 AM at the northeastern corner of the Gold’s Gym parking lot (corner ot Hillcrest and East Main St.) in Montrose. The trip is limited to 12 participants. We will carpool and proceed to viewing areas. The field trips will end in early afternoon; bring your lunch. Please contact Bill Harris at (970) 615-7166 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bruce Ackerman at (727) 858-5857 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Bostwick Park and Kinikin Road Field Trip

Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m.: Bostwick Park and Kinikin Road near Montrose can be very birdy in the fall and winter. Meet at 8:00 AM at the northeastern corner of the Gold’s Gym parking lot (corner ot Hillcrest and East Main St.) in Montrose. We will carpool from there and proceed to viewing areas. The field trip will end in the early afternoon, so bring lunch, water, snacks, binoculars, and warm clothing. Please contact Bruce Ackerman at (727) 858-5857 or at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to let him know you would like to attend.

Blue Mesa Reservoir Field Trip

Saturday, November 23, 10:00 a.m.: Blue Mesa Reservoir can be a wonderful place to see migrating waterfowl and other birds before the reservoir freezes up. Join us as we look for Barrows goldeneye and other ducks, gulls, loons, and eagles. Meet us at the Lake Fork Marina and boat ramp (near the dam) at 10 am. Trip size is limited and you need to sign up to reserve a place. Bring a lunch, water, binoculars, and a spotting scope (if you have one)  and dress for cold weather. Contact trip leader Jon Horn at (970) 209-5404 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information and to sign up.  This is most important because, if we have bad weather that makes road conditions dangerous, we will need to cancel the trip and let you know beforehand.

 

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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:

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