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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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Location - Montana WILD Education Center - 2668 Broadwater Ave

Patagonia Traverse

Presenter: Joel Maes

A trek that covered the length of Patagonia from Coyaique in the North to Punto Arenas in the South during November – December, 2016 will be presented by Joel Maes. After a brief review of the history of the region he will describe the highlights of his 15 day journey, including the Marble Chapel on Lake General Carrara, Cerro Torres and the Fitzroy in Los Glaciares National Park. The Perito Moreno Glacier and, of course, Torres Del Paine National Park were also visited. Joel’s photos of the stunning landscapes, glaciers and wildlife, including infrequent but interesting birds, are a highlight of this program.

Joel Maes is a native of Anaconda born to a simple family of hunters/gatherers. He is a fancier of gourmet Spam dishes and is an enthusiastic photographer, especially known for his sports and wildlife photography. He and his two friends, “The Three Amigos”, enjoy hiking and backpacking in the wilderness regions of the West. Joel is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and has practiced dentistry in Helena since 1981.


Last Chance Audubon members and friends are invited to check out the 2017 field trips being offered by our chapter. LCAS has expanded its offering of opportunities and this year will include a photography workshop and two beginner bird classes! In addition, some old field trip favorites like Freezout and Warm Springs WMA will be offered again, as well as a trip to Brown's Lake (This field trip can produce 80+ bird species!). To round things out, this fall, LCAS will sponsor World Shorebird Day again, and will also be hosting a Raptor ID Workshop and visit to the Big Belt mountains to view migrating raptors. For details on each trip and workshop please visit the Field Trip link in the menu bar to the left.


Last Chance Auduboners along with friends and neighbors took to the field on January 2, 2017 to conduct the 61st annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The count was conducted in cold temperatures that reached only into the single digits above zero. However... Read more...
Complete 2016 count results are available here

GEMS Concludes

The 2016 season for the Golden Eagle Migration Survey has ended. It was an unbelievable year with many exciting moments and a ton of raptors! The weather made things a little more challenging this year but our observers held fast and spent 66 days counting Golden Eagles and other raptors as they passed the near the ridge at Duck Creek Pass. The final count of Golden Eagles was 2620 birds seen during the 2016 season! The total number of raptors surveyed was an astounding 4389 birds representing 17 species! the GEMS committee has already announced plans to continue the survey into 2017 and we need your help. Please plan to volunteer your time or resources by contacting us today. If you would like to donate your time we can be reached by emailing us at We are also in need of donations of all types from four wheelers to wall tents and everything in between. If you would like to contribute to GEMS please don't hesitate to make a donation today. All gifts are 100% tax deductible, and every gift is welcome no matter the size. Please be in touch. We would love to hear from you.


After many wonderful years of gathering at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the LCAS board, after much deliberation, agreed to utilize the meeting space at Montana WILD for the upcoming 2016-2017 program season. The decision was based on a number of driving factors, chief among them was the facilities ability to expand in size. In addition, the audio/visual setup at St. Paul's was just not sufficient for many of our presenters, and Montana WILD is using state of the art equipment. We are very proud and honored to partner with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks! We will continue to gather at 6:30 PM for a bit of social time - cookies, drinks and bird stories, and the meetings will begin at 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

NOTE: Montana WILD is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave. near Spring Meadow Lake.