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 7, 7:00 p.m., Delta.  Unfortunately, this program has had to be canceled.

Native Plants are for the Birds!

Thursday, March 21, 7:00 p.m., Montrose:  Mary Menz of Ridgway will be talking about how native plants are a critical part of the food chain for both resident birds and native pollinators.  Come here her talk about native plants that attract birds and also attract insects and pollinators that birds eat.  Mary is a Colorado Native Plant Master who co-teaches the Native Plant Master Program on the Western Slope through the Colorado State University Extension Service.  Her program will be held at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Avenue (North 9th St.) in Montrose starting at 7:00 p.m.  There is no charge and all are welcome.  Contact Sandy at (970) 497-0376 for more information.

Birds and Wildlife of Ecuador

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 p.m., Montrose:  BCAS President Bruce Ackerman and Susan Werner will provide a PowerPoint presentation on the over 300 species of birds (and some of the animals) they saw on their recent trip to Ecuador.  This included Aplomado Falcons, over 40 types of hummingbirds, and 70 species of tanagers. Please join us at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Avenue (North 9th St.) in Montrose starting at 7:00 p.m.  There is no charge and all are welcome.  Contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Constellations and Nebulas that are Named for Birds

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m., Montrose:  Jeremy Springfield with the Black Canyon National Park will talk about constellations and nebulas that are named for birds.   This will include information about the mythology behind the names and which ones can be seen in our area.  More than eight constellations and five nebulas are named for birds, and the Milky Way "Bird Pathway" will be explained.  Please join us at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Avenue (North 9th St.) in Montrose starting at 7:00 p.m.  There is no charge and all are welcome.  Contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Monitoring of Peregrine Falcons, Eagles, Great Blue Herons and Black Swifts

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 p.m., Montrose:  Theresa Childers, Wildlife Biologist with the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area, will talk about the National Park Service's bird monitoring program.  She will focus on many decades of Peregrine Falcon nests and will also highlight Eagle nest monitoring and information about a Great Blue Heron rookery and a Black Swift colony.  Theresa will talk about how park personnel determine nest and fledgling success and how to protect these important migratory bird nesting areas.  Her program will be held at the Montrose Field House at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Avenue (North 9th St.) in Montrose starting at 7:00 p.m.  There is no charge and all are welcome.  Contact Sandy at (970) 497-0376 for more information.

BCAS Annual Dinner

Wednesday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.:  It's not too soon to put this on your calendar.  Please join us for a delightful dinner and speaker presentation at the upstairs meeting room at Remington's Restaurant at the Bridges Golf Course.  Our speaker this year will be Dennis Murphy, who recently returned from a fabulous trip to Antarctica and will be showing many of his 4,000 slides of dramatic scenery, birds, and wildlife.  For those who have dreamt of a trip to Antarctica, this is a presentation not to be missed.  We hope that you will join us and that you will bring friends along with you.  It is not necessary to be a BCAS member to attend, only to want to have an interesting and wonderful evening.  Reservations will be required, and a reservation form will be available soon.

Upcoming Field Trips:

First Tuesday Birding Trips

Tuesday April 2, May 7, June 4, 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 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. 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..

Fruitgrowers Reservoir Clean-Up

Saturday, March 9, 2:30-4:00 p.m.:  Join us as we do some clean-up along the causeway at Fruitgrowers Reservoir in preparation for Eckert Crane Days.  Trash bags will be provided.  Please bring gloves and wear bright colors, as we will be along the roadway.  This is a surprisingly fun activity.  We will also do some birding, as cranes may be arriving and we may see many other migrants.  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..

Eckert Crane Days

Friday-Sunday, March 15, 16, and 17, 9:00 a.m.:  Join us as we celebrate the annual migration of Sandhill Cranes through western Colorado.  We will be at Crane Point or along the causeway on the north side of Fruitgrowers Reservoir beginning at 9:00 a.m. to welcome visitors, provide information about cranes.  We will have spotting scopes set up for crane viewing and BCAS members who will pass on information about the cranes and other birds that we will see.  The cranes typically arrive the night before and lift off for their journey northward between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. each morning, so make sure to arrive in time to view them in the nearby fields and to enjoy their raucous lift off.  Cranes typically arrive at the reservoir around 5:00 p.m. the evenings before from Monte Vista, in case you are in the area in the late afternoon.  Stacy's on Main Street in Cedaredge will have coffee and baked goods for sale at the reservoir on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday, a free lunch will be held at the Hart's Basin Ranch, just north of the reservoir.  This is the second year they have held the event, and it is yummy.  The lunch is sponsored by Western States Ranches.  More details on the lunch are forthcoming.

Return to Fruitgrowers Reservoir for Migrating Birds

Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m.:  Join us as we return to Fruitgrowers Reservoir to view ducks, shorebirds, returning warblers, and other birds.  For those coming from the Montrose area, meet at Gold's Gym at the corner of East Main and Hillcrest in Montrose at 8:00 a.m. so that we can carpool.  All others, plan to meet us along the causeway along North Road on the northern end of the reservoir about 8:45 or so.  Contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

West End Field Trip

Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19:  BCAS will sponsor a field trip to Paradox Valley and other venues at the West End of Montrose County for a spring birding adventure. The opportunity to see over 70 species is very high. Expect several short walks to access bird habitat.  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 variety of waterfowl, sage sparrows, vireos, yellow-breasted chats, Grace‚Äôs warblers, black phoebes, and a host of migrants.  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.  A potluck dinner in planned for the evening of May 18. This trip is limited to 12 participants. Directions to the meeting site will be sent to those who sign up.  For those who want to get there a day early, there are camping facilities at the Dan Noble Wildlife Area next to Miramonte Reservoir near NorwoodFor questions and to sign up contact Bill Harris at (970) 901-4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Peregrine Falcons and other Spring Migrants at the Black Canyon

Saturday, June 8, 8:00 a.m., Montrose:  Fresh from Theresa Childers' talk on June 6, she will be guiding us to viewing areas to see nesting Peregrine Falcons and to observe other birds that are specialties at the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  The trip is limited to 12 participants who must sign up to reserve a space.  We will meet at Gold's Gym at the corner of East Main and Hillcrest in Montrose at 8:00 a.m. so that we can carpool.  Bring lunch and water and wear sunscreen and a hat.  Contact Bruce at (727) 858-5857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Tundra swans on the large pond along G50 Road northwest of Delta on Saturday January 21.

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Tundra swans on the large pond along G50 Road northwest of Delta on Saturday January 21.

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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