May 2018 N Rim Black Canyon field trip

BCAS field trip group on the North Rim of the Black Canyon.


First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4, 8:00 a.m.  First Tuesday Birding Trip. Location to be announced. Bruce Ackerman will be leading a birding trip to somewhere good near Montrose.  Meet at the Gold's Gym parking lot (1840 East Main St. also known as the corner of Hillcrest Dr and Highway 50) at 8:00 a.m. to get started and carpool. Return to Montrose around noon. For more information contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Purple Martin Field Trip

Saturday, July 14, 8:30 a.m.  The third annual Paonia Ranger District purple martin field trip will be held Saturday July 14, 2018.   Participants will meet at the Paonia River Park at 8:30 a.m. and carpool up Stevens Gulch road to various sites, then out Forest Road 265 and back to Paonia on Hwy 133 (slightly less than 100 miles with various side trips).   To minimize disturbance to birds, the trip is limited to 16, who must preregister with trip leader Dennis Garrison at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (970) 985-2244.  If there is substantial additional interest, a second date will be arranged.  Roads are gravel and in good shape, so most cars are fine for this trip.

The trip will visit known past and present purple martin nesting sites from Windy Point to Mule Park  to the West Muddy.   We will be discussing aspen ecology, future Forest Service projects in the area, martin life history, nest boxes, and looking for any and all birds we can find along the way.   Bring binoculars and a bird book, a lunch, maybe a folding chair, a jacket, and some good shoes.  There will not be a lot of hiking but we will wander off into the woods in a few places.  Expect mosquitoes. We are typically done by mid-afternoon, depending on how much we talk.

Gunnison Valley Field Trip

Saturday, July 21, 8:00 a.m.  Join naturalist and photographer Arden Anderson for birding in the Gunnison Valley. We will meet at 8 a.m. at the base of the Rainbow Lake Road along Highway 50 about one mile east of the road to the Elk Creek Marina on Blue Mesa Reservoir or about 14 miles west of Gunnison.  At this meeting point we will regroup to minimize cars and begin the day by driving east to Gunnison then south on the Gold Basin Road to look for sagebrush birds, including Gunnison Sage Grouse.  Returning along the Gunnison River we will stop at the  McCabe we will check Blue Mesa Reservoir for ducks, grebes  Wetlands  and  Neversink  riparian  area.  Continuing west and other water birds. Around noon we will return to the  Rainbow Lake Road and allow those who are short on time to break off from the field trip.  The rest of the group will continue up the Rainbow Lake Road traversing a variety of habitats as we go from 7,500 ft. to 11,000 ft. on a well-maintained gravel road. As time and weather permit we might have time to hike a bit into  the West  Elk  Wilderness  to  look  for  some  high altitude birds. We should end up back at the base of the road around 4 or 4:30 to end the field trip. It will be a full day so bring water, lunch, insect  repellent, sunscreen and extra clothes for changing  weather.  The higher altitudes and cooler temperatures should be a welcome relief from the heat of summer. We hope you will join us. To ensure we all have an enjoyable experience, this trip is limited to 16 people.  Please contact Arden to reserve a space at his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or at (970) 901-5739.

Bird Banding Ridgway State Park Public Day

Saturday, September 8, 7:00-10:30 a.m.: This year's date for the public to observe bird banding at Ridgway State Park is Saturday, September 8.  Drive to the Dallas Creek Unit (southern end of the reservoir) and walk across the bridge to watch birds banded and released. This is the 13th year for this annual event. The Dallas Creek entrance is the southern-most park entrance and will require a Colorado State Parks entry fee or pass.

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