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February Program

Upland Sandpiper photo by Dan Ellison

Tuesday, February 12, 2019  7:00PM
Cookies and Conversation 6:30PM –7:00
Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

A Birding Tour of Montana’s Wildlife Refuges with Dan Ellison

Explore some of Montana’s Wildlife Refuges and Important Bird Areas (IBA) with Dan Ellison as your guide. This program will take you on a tour from Medicine Lake to Stevensville, Broadus to West Glacier, and points in between. Learn where you might find a Black Swift nest, a Snowy Owl or a Broad-winged Hawk. Now in full retirement mode, Dan is methodically pursuing a goal to visit every wildlife refuge and IBA in the state – camera in hand! Read More…

Christmas Bird Count

Photo by Bob Martinka

On Saturday, December 15th, Last Chance Audubon hosted the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  We had over 70 volunteers that helped survey the valley for birds and over 60 bird species were tabulated!  The volunteer turn out this season was the record number of participants ever in a Helena CBC!  Thanks everyone for helping us with this important citizen science effort.  Interestingly, CBC compiler Coburn Currier also reported that we had the fewest number of birds seen in a Helena CBC.  While species numbers seemed to be on par with previous years, overall bird numbers were down.  Complete 2018 results for the count can be found at our Christmas Bird Count link.

LCAS SCHOLARSHIPS

LCAS will again be awarding up to two academic scholarships to high school seniors pursuing a collegiate degree during the 2019-2020 school year.  Interested students must fulfill the requirements found on the Scholarship page and students from any District 1 high school are eligible to apply.  Deadline for the award is April 15th.

LCAS has added an additional opportunity for a scholarship to Carroll College students interested in research projects within their major course of study.  The award is dependent on the project and its merits.  All projects must have a basis in conservation or environmental advocacy and must endorse the LCAS mission statement.  Additional information can be found at lastchanceaudubon.org/learning/scholarship/

 

BIRDHOUSES FOR K-MART WETLANDS

Last Chance Audubon recently received a generous donation from Larry Urban and Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). Larry is the Wetlands Mitigation Specialist for MDT and was able to secure replacement nesting boxes for the K-Mart Wetlands area just west of I-15. Over the winter the boxes will be placed at the wetlands and birds arriving next spring will find new homes for the upcoming nesting season. Thank you Larry and all who volunteered time to build the boxes! For more information about Montana’s nesting birds and how to help please visit Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website https://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/ .