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.

Birdhouse Display and Auction

Montrose County Fair - Monday July 26 to Saturday morning July 31

We will be displaying and auctioning off bluebird boxes made by the Woodworkers Guild. They are beautiful!

We will be in the Events Center, not the Friendship Hall as in the past.

We are looking for volunteers to staff the booth.  If you can help out, email Bruce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sandy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

 

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 August 3, Septembrer 7, October 5, November 2, and December 7, 2021.  Meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot at the corner of East Main and Hillcrest Drive in Montrose at 8:00 a.m.  A nearby birding destination will be the destination.  Return should be by about noon.  Indipendent driving and social distancing, including wearing masks and not sharing equipment, will be the protocol in use. Contact Bruce Ackerman at (727) 858-5857 or his This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.

Mule Park IBA, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Paonia

Tuesday July 20

This trip will explore the area of the proposed Mule Park Important Bird Area. The Mule Park IBA consists of three units of aspen habitat stretching across Mesa, Delta and Gunnison counties north of Paonia.  It likely contains a quarter to half of Colorado’s Purple Martins. 

If coming from the south, we’ll meet at the northeast corner of the Gold's Gym parking lot in Montrose (the corner of Hillcrest Dr. and Highway 50) at 7:30 AM to get started and caravan up to Paonia where we’ll meet up with other participants at Paonia River Park at 8:45 AM.  We’ll head up Stevens Gulch Road to bird around Hubbard Park and Mule Park and then come down CR 265 to Highway 133 north of Paonia State Park.  We should be back in Paonia by mid-afternoon and Montrose by late afternoon.

The trip will be led by Don Marsh, who can be contacted at (209) 256-5744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ouray and Box Canyon, Saturday, August 21

We will look for nesting Black Swifts at Box Canyon Falls in Ouray and then spend time looking for other montane birds in the general area of Ouray.  Please note that there is an entry fee for the falls, but it is well worth it, as it is the best and easiest place to see nesting Black Swifts.  The park usually has other very interesting birds to view, as well.  For those coming from the north, meet at Gold’s Gym at the corner of Hillcrest and East Main Street in Montrose at 8:00 AM.  For those closer to Ouray, meet at the Box Canyon Park in Ouray at 8:45 AM.  The trip will be led by Don Marsh, who can be contacted at (209) 256-5744 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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:

In-Person Programs Canceled until further notice

 

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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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