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

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LCAS MAY PROGRAM - May 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Location: St Paul's United Methodist Church

Presenter: Donna Love

Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World

An osprey's highly visible nest and its exceptional tolerance for people make ospreys one of the most readily observed species of all birds of prey. It is also one of the most widely distributed bird species on earth, so it can be found living on every continent except Antarctica. To find food it soars high above water looking for fish. Able to drop out of the sky at remarkable speeds it dives up to 4 feet underwater to catch its prey. Join Donna Love and explore the life cycle of the osprey from courtship to migration. Along the way find out what ospreys need, what people are doing to help ospreys, and how you can help.

Artist and award-winning author Donna Love has written numerous nature books for young people. She regularly brings her interactive natural history and art programs to grade schools and public events in Montana and the Pacific Northwest. While moving around for her husband's work with the forest service, Donna loved learning about the area they lived. At their home in Seeley Lake, Montana, watching an osprey family nest and raise their chicks on the hillside above their home led to Donna's book, Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World, published in 2006. The same year Awesome Ospreys received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for promoting ecological understanding and cooperation around the world. To learn more about Donna and her books visit her web site at


Montana Discovery Foundation will host its' 12th annual International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The festivities will be held at the Helena Regulating Reservoir. This year's theme for IMBD is "Restoring Habitat, Restoring Birds". Early morning bird walks begin at 6:30 AM with outstanding local bird watching guides. Each species and numbers of birds are recorded each year and are compiled into long-term lists of what is spotted. A list of what has been seen in previous years is available from the Montana Discovery Foundation website.

An Outdoor Fair will run from 9 AM to 1 PM with tents that will feature: Live Raptors, Building a bird house, Great Blue Heron Rookery Overlook, Bird Games, Bird Art with Jane Shull Beasley, Face Painting, Binocular Basics, Weave a willow bird house, Bird Tattoos, Bird Poetry, Birding 101, Decorate bird cookies, How to photograph birds with Kenton Rowe and free Cafe Mam fair-trade coffee from Barnstormers. In addition to having a blast at the Outdoor Fair, eight stations will have collector cards featuring artwork by Jane Shull Beasley. See if you can collect all eight for a special prize at the welcome table!

For more information about Intenational Migratory Bird Day visit the national website at International Migratory Bird Day.


June 5-7, 2015

Early registration is now open!

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.

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