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
2015 Bird Festival NEW!
Christmas Bird Count
Birding in the Helena Area
Natural History Lecture Series
Last Chance Audubon Society meets the second Tuesday of the month, September - May, 7:00 pm (excluding March) at St. Paul's Methodist Church, located at the corner of Cruse and Lawrence Avenues in downtown Helena. (map)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:00 PM
Montana Bird Conservation Projects by Ducks Unlimited
Bob Sanders, Manager of Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited (DU), will talk about DU's conservation efforts in Montana. Since 1984, DU has delivered over 500 projects state-wide including wetland restoration, land protection and public policy efforts. Bob will describe projects that benefit a wide array of bird species including declining grassland species such as Sprague's pipit, shorebirds, and waterfowl. He will also highlight DU properties that are open to bird watching.
Bob Sanders earned is B.S. in Wildlife from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and his M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries from the University of Missouri - Columbia. Sanders has worked for Ducks Unlimited since 1996 in both Colorado and Montana.
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada are again hosting the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The count will run February 13-16, 2015. It is an effort to gather data regarding distribution and abundance of birds during the winter throughout the world. Begun in 1998, it is the first online citizen science effort to collect data which is can be viewed in near real time. In 2013, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in 111 countries counted 33,464,616 birds on 137,998 checklists, documenting 4,258 species-more than one-third of the world's bird species!
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
It only takes 15 minutes! Really! GBBC asks that you commit to watching birds for a minimum of 15 minutes during any one of the days during the count period. Then, all you do is submit your checklist through the GBBC using the online submission form. Of course, the more checklists submitted, the better the data. To register for the count simply click on this link and have fun! If you are already involved with any of the other citizen science efforts such as "Project Feeder Watch" or eBird, your current log in credentials will work for GBBC.
NATURAL HISTORY LECTURE SERIES ANNOUNCED!!!
The 2015 March Natural History Lecture Series begins March 9th at 6:30. This year the four part series will focus on Montana State Parks. Please click this link for the March line up and a full description of each week's program.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2014 RESULTS!
On Saturday, December 20, 2014, Last Chance Audubon members gathered in force to scour the Helena area in support of National Audubon's Christmas Bird Count. The group met at Jorgenson's Restaurant in the early hours and were hot on the trail by 8:00 am. Nine groups and several hearty solo individuals left on a beautiful Montana winter morning and spent the better part of the day counting birds.
The relatively warm winter we are experiencing led to some improved numbers in water dependent species as counters found open water throughout the valley. Numbers have been tallied and are available by clicking CBC 2014 RESULTS. To view eBird postings from the day
click here for Section 5 results and here for Section 7 results. You can also catch the Helena Independent Record's recount of the day at helenair.com
Please click on the menu tab "Christmas Bird Count" to view count areas and to see data from previous CBC counts in the Helena area.
BIRD FESTIVAL 2015 PREVIEW!
Mark your calendars! Montana Audubon's annual bird festival "Wings Across the Big Sky" is coming to Helena! This year's festival will be co-hosted by Last Chance Audubon and will take place June 5-7, 2015 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel. Montana Audubon's Cathie Erickson is coordinating the festival and has given us a sneak preview of some of the high lights we can expect at the festival. Check out Cathie's monthly newsletter.