Members, friends and families are invited to help celebrate Last Chance Audubon Society’s 50th birthday! On Sunday, July 31st, LCAS will host a celebration to commemorate 50 years of education, conservation and enjoyment of birds. The celebration will take place at the Spring Meadow State Park pavilion and will run from 4pm until 7pm. At 4pm we will be opening two kegs of specially brewed beer courtesy of our friends at Blackfoot River Brewing Co. Light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will also be offered. In addition, the Justin Case Band will be providing music for the afternoon’s festivities. At 4:30, bird walks on the new Beasley Memorial Trail and around the lake will be offered. At 5:30, a celebratory cake will be cut, and a short presentation will be offered by our chapter president as we look to the next 50 years of LCAS. We hope you will plan to join us for an afternoon of music, memories and fun!


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.


Field trips are a long-standing LCAS tradition: a great way for all of us to celebrate our local birds, meet new people, and sharpen our birding skills. This year we have a diverse selection planned, so whether you’re an avid birder or just getting started, join us in the field! Plan to dress for the weather, which can change suddenly. Bring sturdy footwear, binoculars, snacks, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. For a complete list of 2022 Field Trips, please visit our Field Trip page.

White-winged Crossbill by Bob Martinka
White-winged Crossbill by Bob Martinka

Last Chance Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count was completed on Saturday, December 18th.  Even though the count was not open for public participation, the nine section leaders with ”bubble” friends or family conducted the 67th CBC in Helena.  A total of 72 species were seen on the count which was just 5 species short of the all-time high count!  Some highlights include the first ever Lesser Black-backed Gull on the CBC, as well as high counts for Dark-eyed Junco, Harris’s Sparrow, Wild Turkey, and Northern Flicker.  In total, 11,575 individual birds were recorded during the count day!  For full results of the count please visit this Helena CBC 2021.

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.


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.