Beasley Trail Dedication

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.

Much of the effort to complete the trail was spearheaded by board member Glenda Bradshaw. Glenda spent many hours securing grants for the trail work and coordinating the effort among various entities in order to complete the trail. Her dedication to this project produced a fantastic place for those wishing to get off of the beaten path. We are grateful to Glenda and her commitment to see this project to completion.

LCAS dedicated the trail to Jane Shull Beasley for many reasons. Jane was committed to the beauty of birds and the natural world, and we have benefitted greatly from her life.  In addition:

  • She educated Montanans far and wide, particularly in the Helena area, by hosting a weekly radio show on birds for 19 years.
  • As an artist, she drew and painted many species of birds, in their habitat, found in the Helena area, including the American Kestrel that we at Last Chance Audubon Society use as our logo.
  • With her husband, Ray, she opened Birds & Beasleys in 1993 – where you can purchase artwork by a variety of artists, who use a wide array of media, from throughout Montana. Birds & Beasleys also carries a variety of gifts and bird supplies for our community.
  • During the summer months, Birds & Beasleys host bird walks once or twice per week, offering birdwatching opportunities to locals and visitors alike.
  • As part of our LCAS Fall Fundraiser each year, Jane and Sandy donate proceeds from birdseed sales to our chapter. We use those funds, as well as our membership dues and donations, to promote education through scholarships and grants, and for projects such as the Jane Beasley Memorial Trail.

LCAS is proud to welcome all to enjoy a walk along the new trail, and to reflect on the life of Jane Shull Beasley and her contribution to our community.

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