Applicants for the 2019 high school scholarship award(s) did not meet the criteria for the application and selection process. No awards were presented for 2019.
In the spring of 2019, LCAS awarded two grants to Carroll College students Tessa Grove and Shane Sater. Shane and Tessa were the first ever Carroll students to receive these awards. Both grants supported projects and research applicable to Lewis and Clark County and were consistent with the LCAS mission statement. Congratulations Tessa and Shane! Following are summaries of their projects with attached links:
A Spatially Explicit Analysis of the Costs and Benefits of Managing and Conserving Wild Bird Habitats in the Helena Valley, focuses on the costs and benefits of implementing conservation areas in eight different subregions around Helena. It concludes that the benefits outweigh the costs in all subregions; however, economic and social impacts should be considered. The detailed report includes the history of Audubon Societies, the scope of the project, model framework, predicted costs and benefits, and summary and discussion of results.
Status of the Bird Community on a Riparian-Grassland Restoration Site in the Helena Valley: April 2017 – March 2019, summarizes bird observations during two years of surveys on Sevenmile Creek, the site of an ongoing stream restoration project by Prickly PearLand Trust. Included are background information about the context of the site such as geology and vegetation; a seasonal “calendar” with descriptions of typical conditions and tables of frequently seen bird species; and documentation of breeding bird species in 2017 and 2018.