Last Chance Audubon Society
Promoting understanding, respect, and enjoyment of birds and the natural world
through education, habitat protection and environment advocacy.

Photo credits - Bob Martinka unless otherwise noted

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February 14th - 7:00 PM

Location - Montana WILD Education Center - 2668 Broadwater Ave

Veracruz River of Raptors Project

Presenter: Steve Hoffman

LCAS Program, February 14, 2017, 7:00PM Steve Hoffman will present an overview of the Veracruz River of Raptors Project (VRR), located near the Gulf Coast in eastern Mexico. This project is designed to monitor the largest raptor migration on Earth (4-6 million raptors of more than 20 species tallied each autumn). As co-founder, Steve will describe how VRR was launched and give an overview of key findings of this unique 25-year raptor population monitoring effort. Steve will also highlight his upcoming fall 2017 birding tour to Veracruz (through his Merlin Birding & Nature Tours) which includes opportunities to view this raptor migration spectacle and diverse birding experiences in central and southern Veracruz - over 300 bird species can be observed on this trip.

Recently retired as Executive Director of Montana Audubon, Steve Hoffman served in this capacity for more than decade. He has devoted his entire 38-year career to wildlife conservation. After 10 years of government service (mostly as an Endangered Species Biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in the American Southwest), Steve founded HawkWatch International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to monitoring and conserving hawks, eagles and other raptors across the American West. He has authored more than 35 scientific papers on raptor migration, ecology, conservation, and endangered species management. Steve has given dozens of presentations throughout the US and abroad on the identification, migration and conservation of raptors. He earned his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University (Logan, UT) in 1979.


Last Chance Auduboners along with friends and neighbors took to the field on January 2, 2017 to conduct the 61st annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The count was conducted in cold temperatures that reached only into the single digits above zero. However... Read more...
Complete 2016 count results are available here

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - February 17-20, 2017

Join Us for the Next Count

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Register for the count or use your existing login name and password. If you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you'll need to create a new account. If you already created an account for last year's GBBC, or if you're already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login information.

2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like - one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking "Submit Observations" on the home page. Or download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC.

*Article reprinted from Great Backyard Bird Count website

GEMS Concludes

The 2016 season for the Golden Eagle Migration Survey has ended. It was an unbelievable year with many exciting moments and a ton of raptors! The weather made things a little more challenging this year but our observers held fast and spent 66 days counting Golden Eagles and other raptors as they passed the near the ridge at Duck Creek Pass. The final count of Golden Eagles was 2620 birds seen during the 2016 season! The total number of raptors surveyed was an astounding 4389 birds representing 17 species! the GEMS committee has already announced plans to continue the survey into 2017 and we need your help. Please plan to volunteer your time or resources by contacting us today. If you would like to donate your time we can be reached by emailing us at We are also in need of donations of all types from four wheelers to wall tents and everything in between. If you would like to contribute to GEMS please don't hesitate to make a donation today. All gifts are 100% tax deductible, and every gift is welcome no matter the size. Please be in touch. We would love to hear from you.


After many wonderful years of gathering at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the LCAS board, after much deliberation, agreed to utilize the meeting space at Montana WILD for the upcoming 2016-2017 program season. The decision was based on a number of driving factors, chief among them was the facilities ability to expand in size. In addition, the audio/visual setup at St. Paul's was just not sufficient for many of our presenters, and Montana WILD is using state of the art equipment. We are very proud and honored to partner with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks! We will continue to gather at 6:30 PM for a bit of social time - cookies, drinks and bird stories, and the meetings will begin at 7:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

NOTE: Montana WILD is located at 2668 Broadwater Ave. near Spring Meadow Lake.