American Goldfinch by Sharon Dewart-Hansen

Winter Birds of the Helena Valley
Presenters: Sharon Dewart-Hansen
Tuesday December 13, 2022 7:00PM              
Free and open to all

One of our favorite birding events is the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This program is an
enjoyable and informative way to review and prepare for the CBC. Using her photography of our
winter birds, Sharon Dewart-Hansen will focus on the birds most likely to be seen during the
winter count. At this program you can join in with other winter birders, hone your birding skills,
and enjoy the exceptional bird photography. Information on the upcoming CBC, to be held
December 17th , will be discussed and you can sign up to participate in the CBC. Read more…


Last Chance Audubon is pleased to announce that in December, we will holding our annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for all participants. For the past two CBC seasons, section leaders have been continuing to survey with limited participation – usually those within their Covid bubble. As we have moved from pandemic to endemic with Covid, LCAS would like to invite all members and friends to join us in conducting this year’s count. This year’s CBC will be held on Saturday December 17thRead more…


Last Chance Audubon Society has announced the award of a $1,000 scholarship to each of
two Helena High School graduating seniors, Cassidy Carpenter and Chloe Roberts, to support
their studies in fields related to the LCAS mission.
Cassidy Carpenter plans to pursue studies in Environmental Science at Oregon State University
with a focus on conservation and sustainability. Cassidy is a member of the National Honor
Society and participated in the US Forest Service Youth Forestry Program. She is the captain of
the Helena High swim team and a volunteer in food and clothing drives.
Chloe Roberts plans to attend Oregon State University to study Ecological Engineering. Chloe is
a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the US Forest Service Youth
Forestry Program. At Helena High she has participated in track and cross country, the Green
group and Outdoors Club. She has also received awards at the State Music Festival and is active
in Montana Youth Action.

2022-2023 Carroll College Grant

Last Chance Audubon Society is pleased to announce that Carroll College students are eligible to apply for a $1000 scholarship during the 2022-2023 academic year. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who presents a research project that focuses on environmental issues in the Helena area, and that also aligns with the LCAS Mission Statement. The deadline for application is December 12, 2022. Please visit the LCAS Scholarship page for more information.


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…


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.