Colima Pygmy Owl by Dan Ellison

Birding in Oaxaca, Mexico                               Presenter:  Dan Ellison                                            Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – 7:00PM                      Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave.                      Free – All Are Welcome

Join Dan Ellison for a virtual birding tour of the Oaxaca, Mexico area. In December 2019 Dan
and his spouse Jane Fournier traveled to Mexico for ten days of birding around Oaxaca City,
Huatulco on the southwest coast, and Tehuantapec near the Isthmus. Traveling in Oaxaca also
provided chances to speak Spanish with local people and learn about the Zapotec culture
centered in that region. With their guide Eric Antonio Martinez, one of Mexico’s foremost
birders, Dan was able to observe more than 60 new life birds,. Read more…


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.

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.