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:


Sandhill Cranes in Western Colorado

Thursday March 12, 7:00 p.m..   We are so lucky in the Uncompahgre Valley to frequently hear the loud trumpeting of sandhill cranes as they fly back and forth to their roosting areas both west of Delta and south of Montrose. Have you ever wanted to know more about these large and ancient birds? Join retired Division of Wildlife Biologist Van Graham for a presentation on Sandhill Cranes in Colorado. He will include information on crane biology and management, and the annual cycle of life from reproduction through migration. He will also discuss historical information highlighting declines in the crane populations in the late 1800s and early 1900s and recent population increases.  Join us at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Delta at 7 PM. (at Confluence Park, 531 Palmer St, off Confluence Drive). All are welcome and there is no charge.

Flocks and Rocks: The Amazing Story of Sandhill Cranes and Fruitgrowers Reservoir

Thursday March 19, 6:00 p.m.  David Noe is an engaging speaker with a great story to tell about Sandhill Cranes in our area.  David Noe's presentation is co-sponsored by the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center, Delta County Libraries, and Black Canyon Audubon Society. This is a family and child friendly event that is the prelude to Eckert Crane Days Friday March 20-Sunday March 22 at Fruitgrowers Reservoir.  Join us at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center, 195 W Main St. Cedaredge,  A $10 suggested donation would be greatly appreciated. Call (970) 856-9195 for more information. 

Upcoming Field Trips:

Open Water Field Trip - Montrose Area

The open water field trips 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, 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 Trip

Tuesday, March 3, 9:00 a.m.  First Tuesday Birding Trip. Trip to Ridgway to see Rosy-Finches and other montane birds. 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 Don Marsh at (209) 256-5744 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday  April 7, 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..  Please note that there will not be a First Tuesday Birding Trip in May.

Pre-Crane Days Clean up

Saturday, March 14,  3:30-5:30 p.m.  Join us as we clean up the area around Fruitgrower’s Reservoir and do some early spring birding as well. Trash bags will be provided. Please bring gloves and wear some bright colors as we will be along the roadway. Bring binoculars!  This is an annual event to get ready for Crane Days the following weekend.  Contact Dian Torphy for additional information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eckert Crane Days

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 9 a.m.- 11:00 or so each day.  Our annual Eckert Crane Days will take place at Fruitgrowers Reservoir near Eckert from 9-12 a.m. each morning from Friday March 20 to Sunday March 22.  Access is from State Highway 69 in the center of Eckert (look for Drost Chocolates and the Presbyterian Church) eastward on North Road for just over 1 mile.  The cranes typically arrive the evening before and spend the night in the fields or marsh lands on the northern end of the reservoir.  They usually take to the sky between 10 and 11 the next morning, so don't be late.  The birds are unpredictable, and their arrival is weather dependent.  Some mornings there can be 1,000 or more birds making a mass ascent if the weather has been good and they have arrived in good numbers.  If the weather is less favorable, few birds may arrive the evening before and few birds will have spent the night.  We will be there no matter what and will have spotting scopes available so that visitors can see the cranes and other birds that happen to come by up close.  We will also have brochures about the cranes, Audubon members to answer questions, a variety of other informational materials, and a few birdhouses that you can acquire.  We usually set up on Crane Point just west of the reservoir where we typically have a vast vista overlooking the cranes in the nearby farm fields.  If the cranes are in the marshland north of the reservoir, we may set up on the causeway across the top of the reservoir.  We will have tables, chairs, and a canopy set up and directional signs to get you there.  All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.  This is a great event to bring the kids to!  Contact Dian Torphy for additional information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Ridgway State Park Field Trip

Saturday, April 18, 8:30 a.m.-12:00.  Join Don Marsh as we look for early spring arrivals at Ridgway State Park.  Note:  The park charges an $8 dollar entrance fee, but we’ll try to minimize the number of cars and utilize available park passes.  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 8:30 a.m. to get started and carpool. If coming from the south, you may also meet the group at the Ridgway State Park Visitor Center at 9 am.    Return to Montrose in early afternoon. For more information contact Don Marsh at (209) 256-5744 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

West End Field Trip

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 5 - 6.  Black Canyon Audubon will sponsor a field trip to Paradox Valley and other West End venues for a spring birding adventure.  The opportunity to see over 70 species is very high.  The Paradox Valley and West End areas have a great mix of habitats, ranging from desert scrub to classic alpine to riparian, allowing for a rich mix of birds during the spring migration.  Expect to see a host of migrants - black-throated sparrow, vireos, yellow-breasted chat, Grace’s warbler, black phoebe, and a variety of waterfowl.  Expect several short walks to access bird habitat.  Day 1 will wrap up near Naturita, so participants can access either hotel accommodations or camp for the night.  The Uravan Ball Park campground is open for our use, and the Rimrock Hotel - (970) 865-2500 - in Naturita has nice rooms at reasonable prices.  The field trip is limited to 12 participants.  Directions to the meeting site will be sent to those who sign up.  For questions and to sign up contact Bill Harris at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Billy Creek Wildlife Area Field Trip

Saturday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Join Don Marsh as we explore the Billy Creek Wildlife Area and look for spring migrants.  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 8:00 a.m. to get started and carpool.  If coming from the south, you may also meet the group at La Zona Colona Coffee in Colona at 8:30 am.  Return to Montrose in early afternoon, so bring a lunch.  For more information contact Don Marsh at (209) 256-5744 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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