2022 Membership Drive – Winners Announced!

During the final months of 2021, Last Chance Audubon Society sponsored a drawing for individuals who either renewed their memberships, or joined LCAS as a member prior to the start of 2022. LCAS was able to do this through the generous donation of Birds & Beasleys owner, Sandy Shull, who donated to the chapter, three gift certificates ($50, $25 and $10). The chapter purchased three additional $15 gift certificates to increase the chances of winning. Find out who the big winners were HERE!

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.

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…


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…

2021-2022 Carroll College Grant

This year’s Last Chance Audubon Society/Carroll College $1000 award goes to Hannah Winn in support of her senior research project, “Age and growth rate of trees along forest-meadow ecotones”.  (Note: An ecotone is the boundary between two different plant communities.)  Identifying at least two forest-meadow boundary sites in the Helena area that exhibit small tree growth extending into meadows, and based on field and published research… Read more here.


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.