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

LCAS web site funded by a bequest from the estate of Nancy Tunnicliff

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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, December 9, 2014, 7:00 PM

presented by Bob Martinka.

The Antarctic Peninsula and associated islands are arguably the most remote, spectacular, and wildlife rich region remaining on earth. Bob Martinka will highlight a 19-day cruise he and wife Kathy took to the Falkland Islands, S. Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2014. They followed parts of a route that Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men traversed on their disastrous 1914-1917 expedition. Bob's presentation will highlight the history, scenery, and amazing wildlife of the region. A quick Wikipedia review of the Shackleton Expedition by attendees would add to your appreciation of this spectacular region of the world.

Martinka worked for nearly 30 years with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In his retirement years, Bob has become an avid photographer, traveling to numerous locations around the globe to pursue his interest in most wild things - including birds, mammals, dragonflies, and flowers. His passion for digital photography has allowed Bob to share his outdoor experiences and exceptional images with many others. Martinka obtained degrees in Wildlife Biology and Ecology from Colorado State University, Purdue University, and a PhD from Montana State University.


Last Chance Audubon will be conducting the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The event is being coordinated by Lorna Milne and Cedron Jones. Lorna will be organizing teams to scour the Helena area for birds, and Cedron will compile the data from the count and sent it on to organizers at the national level. This is a family friendly event appropriate for birders of all skill levels. It is an excellent way to hone birding skills for the novice, and an excellent opportunity for the experts to impart their extraordinary skills, wisdom and know-how to the future of birding. There are full and half day slots available depending on your availability. All are welcome!

We will meet on Saturday, December 20, at Jorgenson's Restaurant (11th Ave. and Lamborn) at 7:15 AM. If you are planning to have breakfast at the restaurant, please arrive 30 minutes earlier (6:45 AM) to allow time for service. For more information, contact Lorna at 406-443-7162 or OR Cedron Jones at 406-442-1271. Lorna will also be attending the December 9th LCAS meeting to sign up participants and to begin assigning individuals to count areas. Following the count we will have an evening potluck. It will be held at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 Broadway, at 6 p.m. Reports will be given from each area and stories of the day shared among friends. Please join us. Please click on the tab Christmas Bird Count to view count areas and to see data from previous CBC counts in the Helena area.

BIRD FESTIVAL 2015 PREVIEW!Bird Fest Image.jpeg

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 newsletter HERE.