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Last Chance Audubon Society
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through education, habitat protection and environment advocacy.

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Christmas Bird Count

History

Since 1973 Last Chance Audubon has participated in this national event to collect data on wintering bird populations. The Helena area is divided up into nine quadrants and during a single day in December teams disperse to document both species and numbers of birds, concluding with a potluck to swap stories about the day’s sightings.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2016ish (Count conducted on January 2, 2017)

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, while results from the count seemed a little on the light side (fewer species seen than normal), LCAS successfully surveyed all nine sections and turned up some very unusual birds. Two Western Bluebirds were seen this year for the first time ever on the Helena CBC! Additionally a Western Meadowlark was added during the count week (three days prior and three days after the count day), as were two Long-eared Owls. Please check below for full results of this year's count!

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT DATA

Data for the 2016 Christmas Count

Data for the 2015 Christmas Count

Data for the 2014 Christmas Count

Data for the 2013 Christmas Count

Data for the 2012 Christmas Count

Data for the 2011 Christmas Count

Data for the 2010 Christmas Count

Data for the 2009 Christmas Count

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