PROMOTING UNDERSTANDING, RESPECT, AND ENJOYMENT OF BIRDS AND THE NATURAL WORLD THROUGH EDUCATION, HABITAT PROTECTION AND ENVIRONMENT ADVOCACY.
*This is an in-person meeting, but there will be a Zoom option available for this meeting. Click here to join the Zoom meeting..
Ravens are a daily experience for many of us who live, play, and work in Montana. In this presentation, Pat Munday will consider how these birds provide a way for us to think about and connect with nature. From the Old Testament to the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, ravens have much to teach us. In Western Civilization, cultural accounts of ravens were often decidedly negative, perhaps from the observations of ravens scavenging human corpses after battles. In contrast, indigenous cultures characterize ravens as powerful mythological beings as well as practical helpmates for hunters. Scientists point out the complex nature of raven communication as well as the raven’s coevolution with wolves. The term “wolf-bird” has been derived from the observed interactions of ravens with wolves, including leading wolves to prey and scavenging prey killed by wolves. Read more..
Results of the Bird Count are now available. Click here!
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 17th. Read more…
If you’ve ever passed by the Osprey platform located adjacent to Spring Meadow Lake
State Park (actually on Highway 12 West) and wondered about that interesting little
wooden structure that reaches skyward from the platform, wonder no more! The small
structure has always been intended for placement of a webcam! Enter Last Chance
Audubon Society. The LCAS board of directors recently chose the addition of a webcam
to the Osprey platform as the 2022 Fall Fundraiser. Read more …
We are excited to announce the application process for the 2022-2023 High School Scholarship. This helps college students pay for expenses while pursuing studies in conservation, habitat protection, and/or restoration of value to avian and other wildlife species. To apply, please visit the Last Chance Audubon scholarship homepage.
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 email@example.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.