Each year the Last Chance Audubon Society grants funds to Helena area projects for habitat protection, enhancement or restoration. Funds for these community projects are raised through fund raising efforts including the LCAS Birdathon, November/December (Not a) Silent Auction, sale of birdseed and LCAS membership.
In the fall of 2014, FWP acquired a 36 acre parcel of land along Prickly Pear Creek. The parcel is a familiar birding site that has been previously been known by locals as Stansfield Lane. The land was donated to FWP by Prickly Pear Land Trust (PPLT) for the “purpose of establishing a fishing access site (FAS)”. FWP put together a Draft Environmental Assessmentand solicited comments on the proposal through the end of September. LCAS submitted comments to FWP asking to meet with FWP regarding the FAS development, and offered assistance with development of the site. On 12/15/2014 FWP issued a decision to proceed with the FAS as outlined in the Environmental Assessment. The decision notice can be found at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks website (fwp.mt.gov/)or by clicking on this link.
On Thursday, July 30, 2015, LCAS participated in the official dedication of the new fishing access. LCAS turned a number of heads with a table and display of bird skins and mounts from the Carroll College skin collection. The dedication included speakers from the many organizations that were responsible for development of the property. As an alternative to a celebratory cake, root beer floats were served in the warm July afternoon.
Other recent projects:
Each year LCAS accepts grant applications from local groups interested in promoting the protection or enhancement of habitat that has, or could have, significant value for birds and other wildlife. Since 1996 the chapter has offered grants for habitat projects throughout the local area.
To apply for a habitat grant, please submit the following:
The application should not exceed 3 pages. All applications will be reviewed by the LCAS Habitat Protection Committee. Applications should be sent to LCAS, Habitat Protection, P.O. Box 924, Helena, MT. 59624, no later than April 1st of each year. The committee’s decision will be announced by April 15th.