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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Upcoming Programs:

 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

Tuesday January 7, and February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, 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..

 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!

Gunnison - Sunday, December 15: Meet at 7:30 AM at Hurst Hall, Room 130 on the Western Colorado University campus to get organized. At the end of the day’s birding, we will gather to compile our results over a chili potluck. For more information contact count leader Arden Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Delta - Sunday, December 22: Meet at 8:30 AM in the Delta City Market parking lot. Questions? Contact count leader Amy Seglund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Amy will provide maps and data sheets. Meet at the Needlerock Cafe in Delta at 4:00 p.m. to turn in data sheets and to have a get-together afterwards.

Montrose - Saturday, December 28: Meet at 8:30 AM at the Centennial Building on Centennial Plaza. Bring a lunch and be prepared for a full day of birding around Montrose. The group will meet at Two Rascals Brewing afterward to go over results. For more information, contact count leader Missy Siders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hotchkiss/North Fork - Sunday, Jan 5: Meet at 8:00 AM in the Hotchkiss City Market parking lot. Coffee will be provided.  Participants will survey in small groups until late afternoon.  As she has done for the past few years, Andrea Robinsong will be hosting a catered lunch at her house.  Thanks, Andrea!!  Contact count leader Adam Petry for more information or to RSVP to him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Raptor Trips

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.

North Fork Raptor Run, Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 9:00 a.m.: Join biologists Jim Lefevre and Adam Petry as they search the North Fork area of the Gunnison for winter raptors, including Eagles, Falcons, Ferruginous and Roughlegged Hawks, and Northern Harriers. Meet at the City Market in Hotchkiss at 9:00 a.m. Trip should conclude around 2 or 3:00 p.m. These trips are limited to 12 participants each day. For more information and to sign up contact Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Montrose Area Raptor Run, Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, 16, 9:00 a.m.:  Join Bruce Ackerman and Bill Harris as they search the Montrose area for winter raptors, including Eagles, Falcons, and Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks. Meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot (the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 9:00 a.m. to get started and carpool. Trip should conclude in early afternoon. These trips are limited to 12 participants each day. To reserve a space on Saturday’s trip contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To reserve a space on Sunday’s trip, contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 22, 9:00 a.m.:  Don Marsh will be leading a birding trip to somewhere near Montrose in search of ice-free water and the birds that depend on it. Meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot (the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 9:00 AM to get started and carpool. Return to Montrose will be around noon. For more information contact Don at (209) 256-5744 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 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.

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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:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0470063

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