BIRDATHON and More!!!
Dear Last Chance Audubon Members and Friends,
Here at Last Chance Audubon Society (LCAS) we are BUSY. Even though we have had to cancel programs, Birding 101 class, and some field trips due to the order to shelter-in-place, we are humming along, continuing our mission behind the scenes.
It’s Birdathon time! We’d love to have your support!
Each of three teams hope to see at least 100-species of birds in the 24-hours of their choice. If you’d like to support LCAS, you can donate either of two ways: Please send your donation check, made payable to L.C.A.S., to: L.C.A.S., PO BOX 924, Helena, MT 59624; OR, you can pay by credit card by visiting our LCAS website, https://www.lastchanceaudubon.org/ and clicking “DONATE NOW”.
The BIRDS, LCAS and I say, THANK YOU! Janice Miller, President
Five teams completed Birdathons in 2020 as part of our yearly fundraiser. Many thanks for their long days and eagle eyes! Each of those teams has provided a copy of their Birdathon report which can be found on our BIRDATHON home page. Please consider supporting LCAS and the teams that hit the field this year! Go to DONATE NOW and contribute to “education and habitat conservation”! Thanks in advance for your support!
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, LCAS has suspended any activities which involve gatherings of groups of ten or more people. Therefore the May chapter program has been cancelled. In addition, the May 10th field trip to Warm Springs ponds has also been cancelled, and the weekly Birds and Beasleys field trips have been cancelled through the month of May. Updates on future field trips and the Birding 101 class will be posted on the website as information becomes available. If you have specific questions for field trip leaders please contact them directly. The LCAS eNewsletter will be published in April and May. The May newsletter will our final newsletter until the fall. Be safe, be smart and continue to check the LCAS website and Facebook page for updates.
Congratulations to Kendall Frederics, a senior at Carroll College, majoring in Environmental Science. Kendall was selected to receive the 2019-2020 LCAS $1000 Carroll College grant. Her proposal involves assessing the potential risks of contracting West Nile virus depending on its prevalence between host species and mosquito vectors.
Kendall’s entire project scope will be posted to the AWARDS page upon completion of the project.
No applications were received for the $1000 grant for high school seniors. This was likely due to the difficulty that school counselors faced in communicating with students during Covid-19. LCAS will again offer this scholarship to students graduating in June 2021.
The 2019 Christmas Bird Count(CBC) was hosted by LCAS on Saturday, December 14th. Around 50 surveyors gathered at Jorgenson’s Restaurant in the early hours and spent the day gathering data to support the event’s 120th birthday. Blue Jays, Northern Shrikes and Trumpeter Swans highlighted the day and several species were seen in record numbers. CBC Coordinator Coburn Currier has tallied the data from the day and results have been posted on the CBC Homepage.
Since late last summer Last Chance Audubon has been working with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to establish a wildlife/photography blind at the south end of the Helena Regulating Reservoir. LCAS’s blind committee developed a set of plans, staked out the area and set aside funds from the 2018 Fall Fundraiser to support construction of the blind. Read more…