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2022 Membership Drive

Last Chance Audubon’s membership drive for 2022 has begun! Your membership in LCAS allows our chapter to continue supporting bird education and conservation in the greater Helena area. During this year’s membership drive, LCAS has partnered with local business, Birds & Beasleys to promote new memberships. Birds & Beasleys has donated three gift certificates to LCAS to award to three lucky new members. Additionally renewing members will also be placed into a drawing for three additional gift certificates! For details, please visit our 2022 Membership Drive Post HERE. Become a member today!

Fall Fundraiser

In addition to our membership drive we are also in the midst of our 2021 Fall Fundraiser. This year’s Fall Fundraiser has been earmarked to support the building of a new raptor enclosure for the Montana Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Montana WILD. The enclosure project is in the middle stages of fundraising with Montana Outdoor Legacy Fund paving the way for the completion of the project. Funds donated through Last Chance Audubon will help with the enclosure and signage for public information. To view this project’s proposal please visit Montana WILD Raptor Enclosures Proposal found HERE. Please donate to this very valuable project by selecting the DONATE NOW button to the right of this article.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2021
White-winged Crossbill by Bob Martinka
White-winged Crossbill by Bob Martinka

As the pandemic continues, without sign of easing soon, we are faced with another Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season in which it would once again endanger the health of our members to hold our usual and treasured group event. Therefore, the LCAS Board has made the decision that once again, only section leaders will conduct the CBC, either solo or with very small groups within their personal COVID “bubbles.”  However, for those who still wish to participate…  Read more here…

BEASLEY TRAIL DEDICATION

On Sunday September 12, 2021, LCAS dedicated a new trail at Spring Meadow Lake State Park. The trail was officially named the Jane Beasley Memorial Trail and is complete with decomposed granite foundation, weed remediation and signage. This project was a collaborative effort by LCAS, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Montana Conservation Corps. The dedication hosted a variety of speakers and a hike along the new trail. Members of the Shull/Beasley family were on hand for a sign unveiling. Read more…

NEWS FROM THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The summer has been busy for the LCAS Education Committee with the announcement of two scholarships for high school graduating seniors, and the completion of a senior thesis for last year’s Carroll College award recipient. Each year, LCAS makes available to graduating high school seniors up to two $1000 scholarships to support their continuing studies in fields related to the LCAS mission. This year two students were selected… Read more here.

BIRD FLIGHT PATTERNS AND MUSIC

Last Chance Audubon Society recently purchased a one year subscription to an educational video produced by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. The video is titled Bird Flight Patterns and Music, and is designed for all who have an interest in birds and music. It is also appropriate as an educational curriculum for students. The LCAS Education Committee has been in touch with Helena School District #1, and has offered to share the subscription with the school district. If you have an elementary age student or know of a classroom that would be interested in this project please contact Sumner Sharpe at mtnutmeg@gmail.com. Sumner will let your student’s teacher know how to access the video for the student’s classroom. LCAS members in good standing are also welcome to check out the video at anytime. For more information visit the Bird Flight Patterns and Music post.