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.

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Field Trips are Back!

**If you are vaccinated and feel confortable traveling with others that are vaccinated, carpooling can take place. 

If you are not vaccinated, you should drive yourself and wear a mask when around others.**

First Tuesday Field Trips

The First Tuesday Field Trips have been started again.  These will be on April 5, May 3, and June 7.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in April, and May, and at 8:00 a.m. on June 7 at the public parking lot at the intersection of N. 2nd Street and N. Cascade Ave. in Montrose. A leader will accompany the group to a nearby birding hotspot. Return about noon. Independent driving and social distancing, including wearing masks and not sharing equipment, will be the protocol in use. Return should be by about noon.  Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and field guides. Contact Don Marsh at (209) 256- 5744 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bruce Ackerman at (727) 858-5857 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please let us know if you are coming, so we don’t leave you behind. This is especially in case of sudden weather changes.

Not a Field Trip but a Good Opportunity

CFO Colorado Birding Challenge, Sunday, May 8

This is not a BCAS event, but folks may want to field a team to help raise funds for bird conservation in Colorado, while enjoying an enjoyable day of comradery and birding. Contact Don Marsh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (209) 256- 5744 if you are interested in joining a team.

The Field Trips

 Rosy Finches near Ridgway, Thursday March 17

We will meet at Cimarron Coffee on Highway 62 in Ridgway at 8:30 am and carpool as needed to Rebecca Kindred’s house to observe the Brown-capped, Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-finches that often show up at her feeders. If the rosy-finches are “no shows,” we will still likely see other ponderosa pine and montane species, including Steller’s Jays, Pygmy Nuthatches and Band-tailed Pigeons. Note: Rosy-finches are most often seen after a significant snowfall.

Eckert Crane Days, Friday to Sunday March 18-20, 9 – 11 am

Come out to Fruitgrowers’ Reservoir in Eckert, Colorado, to see Sandhill Cranes as they migrate to northern breeding grounds. BCAS members will be available with spotting scopes and will answer questions about Sandhill Cranes and any other birds that are in the area. Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. BCAS volunteers will be set up at “Crane Point” on the hill overlooking the reservoir or along the causeway across the reservoir, depending on where the best viewing opportunity is that day. Take Highway 92 east of Delta and turn left onto Highway 65 towards Cedaredge and Grand Mesa. After entering Eckert turn right just before the “Big E Market” onto North Road and proceed out to the reservoir. Come early so you don’t miss the lift-off. The cranes usually lift off between 9 and 10am, if the weather is nice.

Marine Road, Montrose, Saturday, April 16

The City of Montrose’s Marine Road property is a great local wetland. We hope to see or hear some good spring birds, such as soras and Virginia rails. The City is proposing some improvements to this property.  Meet at the public parking lot at the intersection of N. 2nd Street and N. Cascade Ave in Montrose at 8:00 a.m. We will caravan to the Marine Road property. Parking is limited. Return by 11 am. The trail is likely to be wet, so wear appropriate footwear. Follow the Covid protocol that protects both you and those around you.

Contact Bruce Ackerman at (727) 858-5857 or bruceackermanAUD @aol.com for more information.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Thursday, April 28, 8:00AM

We will meet at the public parking lot at the intersection of N. 2nd Street and N. Cascade Ave. in Montrose at 8:00 a.m. and arrange carpooling if desired before heading up to the south rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We’ll look for Peregrine Falcons, White-throated Swifts and maybe some early warblers, such as Virginia’s and Black-throated Gray. Dusky Grouse is another possibility. The trip will head back to Montrose sometime around noon. Remember that there will be an entrance fee for the Park.

 Montrose County West End, Tuesday and Wednesday May 10–11

Black Canyon Audubon will sponsor a field trip to Paradox Valley and other West End venues (Norwood, Nucla and Naturita) for a spring birding adventure. The chance to see over 70 species is very high. Expect several short walks to access bird habitat. The group will meet at 9:00 am on May 10 at a location to be conveyed to those who sign up. We will have a potluck dinner the evening of May 10.

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, Black-throated Sparrow, vireos, Yellow-breasted Chat, Grace’s Warbler, Black Phoebe, and a host of migrants. Day 1 will wrap up near Naturita; participants can access either hotel accommodations or camp for the night. The Uravan Ball Park campground is open, and the Rimrock Hotel (970-865-2500) in Naturita has nice rooms at reasonable prices.

The field trip is limited to twelve participants. For questions and to sign up contact Bill Harris at TRLGPA48 @gmail.com .

Silver Jack Reservoir and the Cimarron, Wednesday June 15

Explore this lightly birded watershed east of Cerro Summit. Spring migrants should still be moving through the area and the resident breeders should be in full song. Temperatures may be cool in the morning so dress in layers, bring drinks, snacks, and a lunch. We’ll return to Montrose in the early afternoon. For questions and to sign up, contact Don Marsh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 209-256-5744.

 Upcoming Programs:  In-Person Programs Canceled until further notice

Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue

Brenda Miller is in need of lumber - scrap or new - posts, plywood, rails, boards - for construction of rehabilitation cages. 

Any condition.

Please contact Brenda Miller at her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at (970) 209-5946. She has a truck and trailer and will pick it up.

This is a very worthy cause, as Brenda has been the only wildlife rehabilitator in the Montrose/Delta area and is trying to reestablish her service and maintain her license.

Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue is a 501c3 charitable organization.  If you do not have lumber for her, perhaps you would consider donating to her cause.

Brenda Miller, Executive Director                                              

Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue, 501c3

PO Box 712, Montrose, CO.   81402-0712

Phone 970-209-5946                                                          

Click here for her Facebook page    

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some volunteers who can drive injured raptors to rehab centers. Usually the bird is in a pet kennel, and just needs a ride. Nothing hard about it. Please contact Bruce Ackerman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (727) 858-5857 to be on the list for future needs.

Virtual Birding Tours

For those of you wishing you could go on a fabulous bird tour somewhere exotic, here is an opportunity to do so from your own home.  Maybe you will get some great ideas of places you will really get to go to once travel can happen again!

Click the link below

Tropical Birding Tours


 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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Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk near Solar Road south of Montrose.  Photo taken by Robin Lewis on March 26, 2019.


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