Letter from our President

Family at Freezout Lake
by Janice Miller

Dear Last Chance Audubon Members and Friends,

We at LCAS take the Coronavirus, Covid-19, very seriously.  Therefore, we are adhering to Governor Bullock’s order to “shelter-in-place” until such time as it is deemed safe to return to gathering together.  Our April 14th program has been canceled, as has our Freezout WMA field trip.  As for the rest of our spring field trips, we will do our best to keep you apprised as to their status.  Check our LCAS website, https://www.lastchanceaudubon.org/ and/or our LCAS Facebook page to keep current.

We recognize that we are no different than the rest of the state, nation or world in experiencing physical and emotional loss. This is a very challenging time for many businesses – employers and employees – and, especially, families, with a financial component that can be quite difficult.  We hear you. The important thing is to stay well.  We care about our members and want everyone to take precautions to reduce chances of getting the virus.

The silver-lining is that this gives us extra time to be in the field now, while the spring migration unfolds.  Whether it’s a walk around the block or Spring Meadow Lake, public lands, or other favorite haunts, carry your field glasses to see who’s arrived and what they’re up to.  Travel solo or with house-mates, do not car-pool, do not share binoculars or spotting scopes, and maintain the respectful social distance with others you may encounter.  Witnessing birds singing brightly while wearing their colorful breeding plumage can lift our spirits through this difficult time. 

Be well.

Janice Miller, President
Last Chance Audubon Society

May Program

Please Note:  The LCAS program for May has been cancelled.   

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.

LCAS 2019-2020 Scholarship Awards – UPDATE

LCAS is pleased to, again, offer local students the opportunity to apply for college scholarship awards.

*PLEASE NOTE:   The deadline for the application for high school seniors has been extended until May 15, 2020.

For high school seniors entering college in the fall of 2020, up to two(2) $1000 grants will be awarded.  Students must meet the qualifications outlined in the scholarship application.  Deadline for the application is May 15, 2020.

Please visit our Scholarship page for application information on these awards.

Other Scholarship News

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.


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.

Regulating Reservoir Blind Update

Flooded Boat Ramp
Helena Regulating Reservoir

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…