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

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One of the world's most sophisticated mammalian gliders lives right here - in western and central Montana. Come see how the newly discovered evolutionary innovations of Montana's flying squirrels elegantly resolve some of the longest-standing problems that we, humans, have in designing our aircraft.

Our speaker, Alex Badyaev, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, will kick off Last Chance Audubon's monthly program series this fall at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, on September 8, 2015, at 7:00 pm.. Alex conducts long-term research projects throughout Montana. He spent several winters documenting dizzying aerial displays of mating flying squirrels in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Also a professional photographer, Badyaev is a recipient of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards for 2011, 2012, and 2014, as well as the 2012 Honor Book Award for illustrating Mammals of Montana. His photography is at



Pat yourselves on the back! Helena's own Last Chance Audubon Society along with Montana Audubon, pulled off our very first bird festival!

Over the past year, LCAS festival co-chairs, Janice Miller and Jo Lace have been organizing, prepping, tweaking and sweating out the details of this year's bird festival. They did a fantastic job! The festival went off without a hitch and attendance was very strong. Scott Weidensaul's keynote address inspired and entertained us and the host of afternoon speakers on Saturday was phenomenal. Species counts from the field trips were posted and there was much comparing and boasting around the lists. One field trip count from Saturday topped 84 species, and another on Sunday hit 85! And who says we don't have birds in the Helena area???

Montana Audubon's Cathie Erickson did a stellar job making the weekend flow smoothly. She provided the organizational support as the Montana Audubon festival chair, and was present throughout the weekend assisting folks with everything from registration to finding a lunch for their field trip. Kudos Cathie! You were amazing!

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for news, contest winners and photos from the fesival.


This past spring, Last Chance Audubon lost a faithful member, mentor, conservation advocate and friend. Dr. Jean Smith passed away in the waning days of May, and friends and family gathered on May 29th to celebrate Jean and the memories that we shared of our times together. Jean was professor at Carroll College for 32 years and was inducted into the Carroll College Alumni Hall of Fame in 1992. Her involvement in the community naturally made its' way to the local chapter, Last Chance Audubon. Jean served as a board member of LCAS for many years and chaired the Habitat Protection committee. In addition, she was a faithful "Birdathoner" and joined her team, The Sage Hens (wise old birds) in raising money for our local chapter. In 1998, at the Montana Audubon Bird Festival, Montana Audubon awarded Jean the Environmental Educator of the Year Award. This award was a fitting tribute to Jean and demonstrated her efforts at conservation awareness through education. It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Jean.