Last Chance Audubon Society
Promoting understanding, respect, and enjoyment of birds and the natural world
through education, habitat protection and environment advocacy.

Photo credits - Bob Martinka unless otherwise noted

LCAS web site funded by a bequest from the estate of Nancy Tunnicliff

About LCAS

Field Trips
Christmas Bird Count
Golden Eagle Migration Survey (GEMS)
Birding in the Helena Area

Chapter Programs
Monthly Newsletters
Natural History Lecture Series

Habitat Protection
Environmental Advocacy


BIRDING DOWN UNDER with Bob Martinka

Having just returned from a trip to Australia, Bob Martinka will share his adventure covering over 1,700 miles along the east coast from Cairnes in the north to Tasmania in the south. Birding was the primary target of this trip, with sightings such as the rare Cassowary and colorful Fairy-Wrens. There were also opportunities to view some of the many marsupial mammals of Australia, including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, and others. Various reptile species were also seen most days. From the tropical Great Barrier Reef region to the wilds of Tasmania, scenery was an added bonus. Bob's photography of Australia is not to be missed!

Bob Martinka worked for nearly 30 years with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In his career with FWP, he began as a field biologist and then held a number of positions, closing his career as Deputy Director. Since retirement, Bob has become an avid photographer, traveling around the globe to pursue his interest in most wild things, including birds, dragonflies, mammals and flowers. His passion for photography has allowed him to share his outdoor experiences and exceptional images with many others. Bob has served as a member of the Montana Audubon Board. He obtained degrees in Wildlife Biology and Ecology from Colorado State U, Purdue University, and a PhD from Montana State University in 1970.

When: Tuesday, December 13th, 7:00 PM - Refreshments will be served at 6:30 prior to the program. Please join us!
Where: Montana WILD Education Center - 2668 Broadwater


This year's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place on Saturday, December 17th. Lorna Milne is the coordinator and will be organizing teams in December. At the Dec.13th program meeting, Lorna will be signing up those who are interested. The CBC is a great opportunity for novice birders to join in and learn from veteran birders! If you're interested, contact Lorna at or at 443-7162. This year's post-countpotluck will be held in the fellowship hall at the St Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan at 6:00 p.m. This is a fantastic annual event to enjoy our feathered friends, and to get involved in citizen science! We hope to see you there!

GEMS Concludes

The 2016 season for the Golden Eagle Migration Survey has ended. It was an unbelievable year with many exciting moments and a ton of raptors! The weather made things a little more challenging this year but our observers held fast and spent 66 days counting Golden Eagles and other raptors as they passed the near the ridge at Duck Creek Pass. The final count of Golden Eagles was 2620 birds seen during the 2016 season! The total number of raptors surveyed was an astounding 4389 birds representing 17 species! the GEMS committee has already announced plans to continue the survey into 2017 and we need your help. Please plan to volunteer your time or resources by contacting us today. If you would like to donate your time we can be reached by emailing us at We are also in need of donations of all types from four wheelers to wall tents and everything in between. If you would like to contribute to GEMS please don't hesitate to make a donation today. All gifts are 100% tax deductible, and every gift is welcome no matter the size. Please be in touch. We would love to hear from you.


After many wonderful years of gathering at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the LCAS board, after much deliberation, agreed to utilize the meeting space at Montana WILD for the upcoming 2016-2017 program season. The decision was based on a number of driving factors, chief among them was the facilities ability to expand in size. In addition, the audio/visual setup at St. Paul's was just not sufficient for many of our presenters, and Montana WILD is using state of the art equipment. We are very proud and honored to partner with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks! We will continue to gather at 6:30 PM for a bit of social time - cookies, drinks and bird stories, and the meetings will begin at 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

NOTE: Montana WILD is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave. near Spring Meadow Lake.