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
NATURAL HISTORY LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES!
The final lecture focusing on Montana State Parks will be presented this Thursday, March 25th at 6:30 pm at the Montana Historical Society Auditorium. Please click this link for the March line up and a full description of each week's program.
LCAS APRIL PROGRAM - April 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm Uganda - A Birders Paradise
Location: St Paul's United Methodist Church
Uganda - A Birders Paradise
Ronan Donovan, a conservation photographer, will present an introduction to the vast bird community found in Uganda. His talk will feature stunning photos of the colorful bird species he observed during a year spent in Uganda. Uganda's land area is 60% of Montana's and boasts over 1,000 bird species. This is a testament to the diverse ecosystems found within this small country. From the tallest mountain range in Africa, the Rwenzori Mountains, to the shores of Lake Victoria - Uganda is truly a birders paradise.
Born in the house his father built in rural Vermont, Ronan Donovan spends his time focusing on wildlife conservation issues in central Africa and the Rocky Mountains. He has been drawn to birds since his first field biology work with spotted owls in Yosemite California in 2007. Donovan spent all of 2011 in Uganda Africa conducting a photography project for Harvard University that focused on wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. During the weeks spent alongside chimps in the forest canopy, he was able to capture unique images of the canopy bird life found in the equatorial rainforest of Central Africa. Donovan has published several magazine articles in Africa's leading birding magazine: Africa Birds & Birding.
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY HAPPENS MAY 2nd
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.
MONTANA AUDUBON BIRD FESTIVAL 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.