Biomimicry: Design Innovations from the Bird World

Short-eared Owl by Bob Martinka

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:00PM – Cookies and Conversation 6:30PM – 7:00
Where: Montana WILD Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave.

How can birds inspire the designs created by engineers? Marie Z. Bourgeois will describe Biomimicry, an emerging science that takes inspiration from nature to create sustainable designs for human use.  Birds are remarkable creatures and biomimics copy their unique strategies in many products and processes.  This presentation explains how this science is changing the design process and why observations of birders are a valuable part of the process to create a more sustainable world.  Read More…


Balloon Bird!

Yes, the days are getting shorter and the birds are molting their summer plumage – signs that we are moving toward the 2018-2019 Last Chance Audubon Season.  Our program director, Liz Hiltunen has been busy planning a host of outstanding presentations for the upcoming season.  These can be found by following the Chapter Programs link.   Montana Audubon and project coordinator, Amy Seaman will be heading up the planning and follow through for the upcoming GEMS (Golden Eagle Migration Survey) season.  Stay tuned for flight details!  Stream remediation on Sevenmile Creek continues and avian project leader, Shane Sater plans to continue surveys through the fall.  Contact Shane to help out on a survey – no experience necessary!  There is plenty going on!  Watch the for the October eNewsletter – Last Chance Chat– for fall events and happenings!  Need to subscribe?  It’s free simply by clicking HERE!  


Handy with a miter saw, drill, hammer and nails?   Last Chance Audubon needs you!

LCAS Board has apportioned funds to purchase necessary materials to construct bird nesting boxes for the K-Mart Wetlands area.  Over the last several years, many of the boxes that were placed at the wetlands have become unusable or have fallen apart altogether.  As a result, wetland reports of several bird species have declined in recent years.  Birds such as Hooded Merganser, Tree Swallow and Wood Duck (while still seen occasionally) are seeing noticeably fewer reports.  In an effort to assist with breeding opportunities, LCAS would like to replace boxes that have disappeared or will no longer support breeding birds.   But we need your help!

If you have the necessary tools and know-how to construct bird nesting boxes and would like to donate your time to help us out, we would love to talk!  LCAS will purchase all necessary materials, including wood, nails/screws and plans, and we will install the completed boxes around the wetland area.  If you would like additional information about the project, please contact Stephen Turner at turnstonest@gmail.com.  For more information about Montana’s nesting birds and how to help please visit Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website https://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/ .

Long-billed Dowitcher by Bob Martinka

Last Chance Audubon celebrated World Shorebirds Day on Sunday, September 9th, with a field trip to Canyon Ferry Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Nine surveyors gathered in the early morning hours and traveled to Lower Ray Creek Road to census shorebirds and other avian residents and migrants.  Twelve species of shorebirds were found at the WMA including Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, both species of Yellowlegs, American Avocet and a solitary Black-necked Stilt.  It was a stellar day with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine.  A total of 54 bird species were noted during the census.  For a full recap of species seen (including amazing photographs by Dan Ellison and Sharon Dewart-Hanson) please follow this eBird link.  Plan to join us next fall as we celebrate the sixth consecutive celebration of World Shorebirds Day.