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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Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership!
All Memberships Expire at the end of the Year.
The easiest way is to go to the Join BCAS page and renew (or join as a new member) using the PayPal buttons: $20 for an Individual and $30 for a family. If you prefer to renew by mail, a link to the renewal form will be found there, too.
Black Canyon Audubon Society
Thursday, June 15, 6:00 p.m.
We will be gathering at the lovely Grove Restaurant in Delta. The annual dinner will be a collection of delicious appetizers, served starting at 6:00 PM. The 7:00 PM. program will be by Dr. Bruce Bauerle, retired CMU professor. Dr Bauerle is always an entertaining presenter and will give a slide talk about his side career as a naturalist to Alaskan ports on cruise ships. Lots of wildlife!
This year, we will be exploring a new restaurant in our area. The Grove Restaurant in Delta is a lovely restaurant with delicious food, within a beautiful garden and plant nursery. The annual dinner fee covers the small bites smorgasbord. Soft drinks will be provided, and an open bar will be available. The location is situated for ease of travel for our members in Delta and Montrose counties. The restaurant specializes in local Farm-toTable dishes. Directions: The Grove Restaurant is at 1970 S. Main Street in Delta, 2 miles south of the center of Delta on the eastern side of U.S. Highway 50. It is just north of the Value Lodge Inn and the US Forest Service office. Check The Grove Restaurant web site https://grovedelta.com/.
Please join us for a fun and relaxing evening! It is not necessary to be a BCAS member to participate. Please invite anyone you think would enjoy the evening to join us!
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Please mail your check to arrive by June 1 to: BCAS, P.O. Box 387, Delta, CO 81416 OR you can pay online by credit card using the Donate button to the right.
If you have any questions, please contact:
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Field Trips are Back!
**If you are vaccinated and feel comfortable 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.**
**See the Field Trips page for participation guidelines**
First Tuesday Field Trips
Black Canyon National Park
100 Bird Challenge
Little Cimarron Valley
Ouray and the Box Canyon Falls
Ridgway State Park
Bird Banding at Ridgway State Park
Saturday, September 9, 7 a.m. to noon. Stop by and watch a professional bird bander at work anytime between 7:00 a.m. and noon. This is a drop-in opportunity, and there will be no leader, but volunteers will be present to answer your questions. More details will be in the fall newsletter.
Special Program: Scott Weidensaul at The Pavilion in Montrose
Wednesday, July 5, Montrose Pavillion, time to be announced. We will have a special presentation by Scott Weidensaul in the evening at The Pavilion in Montrose. Scott is a famous bird author, has written many books about birds, and has done research on bird migration. His most recent book is the very popular and informative A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds (2022). More details on the program are to come.
Gunnison Sage Grouse
Thursday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. Whit Blair, Gunnison Sage Grouse expert from the US Fish and Wildlife Service will speak about the recovery status of the threatened birds. He will also talk about sagebrush habitat conservation and will update us about the exciting new projects he has started with funding secured from last year’s federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue
Brenda Miller is in need of lumber - scrap or new - posts, plywood, rails, boards - for construction of rehabilitation cages.
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
Click here for her Facebook page
- 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.
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: