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

Last Chance Audubon Society Presents:


Beginning March 2nd and running for the first four Thursdays in March, Last Chance Audubon will present the March Natural History Lecture Series. This annual event hosts a topic for the month of March and presenters are invited each week to focus on a topic related to conservation in Montana. This year's lecture series will focus on Montana's hunting and fishing heritage. Each of the lecture series talks will be presented at the Montana Historical Society auditorium and will begin at 6:30. The talks are open to the public as well as LCAS members. A donation basket will be available and donations will help fund bird habitat grants. For additional information regarding details of each week's presentation please click on the Natural History Lecture Series link to the left.

As an added bonus this year the Montana Historical Society is offering the public a special opportunity to view the archived collection, Audubon Birds of America:From the Original Drawings, 1860. These works will be on display on March 16th and 23rd from 6PM to 7PM in the Montana Historical Society library located on the second floor. Don't miss this very special opportunity to view Audubon's works!

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - February 17-20, 2017

Join Us for the Next Count

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Register for the count or use your existing login name and password. If you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you'll need to create a new account. If you already created an account for last year's GBBC, or if you're already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login information.

2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like - one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking "Submit Observations" on the home page. Or download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC.

*Article reprinted from Great Backyard Bird Count website


Last Chance Auduboners along with friends and neighbors took to the field on January 2, 2017 to conduct the 61st annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The count was conducted in cold temperatures that reached only into the single digits above zero. However... Read more...
Complete 2016 count results are available here

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.