On Tuesday, August 24th, Last Chance Audubon Board of Directors met to discuss the upcoming 2021-2022 LCAS season. It was with a heavy heart that the board decided to postpone the LCAS 50th anniversary celebration to be held at Spring Meadow on September 12th. The board recognized that with the recent surge in COVID infections and the difficulty in celebrating safely, especially in a setting with food and conversation, that it was necessary to postpone this event until Spring 2022. We appreciate your patience while we as an organization, navigate these uncertain waters.

Additionally, the board agreed that the  September kickoff program scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th at Montana WILD will be cancelled. Montana WILD has closed the auditorium indefinitely, and the risks posed by indoor meetings are still significant given the latest COVID trends. The board will meet again on Tuesday, September 14th to discuss future program meetings. Much of this conversation will revolve around the current COVID situation, and the availability of the Montana WILD auditorium.


Now for the good news! The Jane Beasley Memorial Trail at Spring Meadow Lake is all but complete! We are awaiting signage for the trail and if all goes according to plan we will have it in place by the dedication date! Please join LCAS on Sunday, September 12th, at 4:00PM, as we celebrate the memory of Jane Beasley in dedicating this trail. A short unveiling and trail walk will accompany the dedication with all invited. Last Chance Audubon in cooperation with Montana State Parks, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Conservation Corps and many volunteers is proud to dedicate this trail to the memory of Jane Shull Beasley – LCAS member, volunteer, supporter, artist, business woman, radio talk show host and friend. Please stop by at 4:00PM on September 14th and help us celebrate Jane Beasley with family and friends. 

*We are asking that all who participate in this celebration to please mask up that covers the nose and mouth (regardless of vaccination status) and practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible. Thanks for keeping our chapter safe!


The summer has been busy for the LCAS Education Committee with the announcement of two scholarships for high school graduating seniors, and the completion of a senior thesis for last year’s Carroll College award recipient. Each year, LCAS makes available to graduating high school seniors up to two $1000 scholarships to support their continuing studies in fields related to the LCAS mission. This year two students were selected… Read more here.


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.

LCAS Memberships and Renewals

Even during the COVID crisis, Last Chance Audubon continues to support education and conservation of birds and habitat in the Helena area. We appreciate the support of our many members and invite those that are not members to join us in our efforts to protect birds. Annual dues are still the same low rate: $15 per household, or $25 with a hard copy newsletter subscription. Please join us for another year – or renew today! Please see our membership page for details on how to join LCAS. Memberships also make a great gift. Join today!