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Birding with the Black Canyon Audubon Society

  • Gunnison Wal-Mart 900 North Main Street Gunnison, CO, 81230 United States (map)

Join the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative and the Black Canyon Audubon Society on July 16 for a free birding field trip. 

We will meet at the Gunnison Wal-Mart parking lot at 7:30 am. If you are driving from Crested Butte, carpools may be available, please check the the GPLI Coordinator.

The first half of the day will be focused on general birding opportunities in the Gunnison Valley. The second half of the day will be focused on an area the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative has proposed as a Wilderness Addition to the West Elk Wilderness. 

The first half of the day will begin by heading south of Gunnison to look for some sagebrush birds, including Gunnison Sage Grouse. We will return to the Gunnison River stopping by the McCabe Wetlands and Neversink riparian area. We will also check the reservoir for ducks, grebes and other water birds.

The second half of the day will continue up the Rainbow Lake Road traversing a variety of habitats and moderate terrain as we go from 7500 feet to 11,000 feet on a well-maintained gravel road.

If time and weather permit we may even hike a bit into the West Elk Wilderness and an area GPLI has proposed as a Wilderness addition to look for some high altitude birds . We should end up back at the base of the road around 4:00 or 4:30 to end the field trip.

It will be a full day so bring water, lunch, insect repellent, sunscreen, and extra clothes for changing weather. The higher altitudes and cooler temperatures should be a welcome relief from the heat of summer. We hope you will join us.

Please use the form below to register. For more information, don't hesitate to contact GPLI Coordinator, Hilary Henry, at (970) 390-6689 or

GPLI's proposed addition to the West Elk Wilderness, near Rainbow Lake.

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