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
LCAS web site funded by a bequest from the estate of Nancy Tunnicliff
Christmas Bird Count
Birding in the Helena Area
Natural History Lecture Series
Last Chance Audubon is on summer break! WHOA!!! This doesn't mean the opportunities to celebrate our environment have ceased. The Spring/Summer field trip season continues, and Birdathons have taken place by several intrepid teams. Click on the link to check out some of the results from LCAS Birdathoners! Don't miss the cleanup efforts and weed removal projects sponsored by LCAS as summer marches on. And then, just when you thought it might be safe to relax, fall migration is underway in July and early August as the first fall migrants begin their journeys homeward. Don't miss any of it! Stay tuned here or check the Independent Record for LCAS updates. We are on the move!
SEPTEMBER PROGRAM ANNOUNCED - NEW
OSPREY, A UNIQUE RAPTOR
Presented by Dr. Marco Restani
Watching an Osprey dive feet first into the water, sometimes submerging completely, before rising from the surface with a struggling fish leaves a lasting impression for birder and non-birder alike. Ospreys are one of Montana's most recognizable and charismatic raptors, nesting throughout the western third of the state and along large rivers in the prairies. The Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society (YVAS) in Billings has monitored Osprey nests along the Yellowstone River since 2009. Starting with three volunteers who located 22 nests, today 30 volunteers hustlealong 300 miles of river during summer to monitor over 85 nests.
Marco Restani, Director of Conservation for Montana Audubon, directs the research components of the YVAS Osprey project. His presentation will review population ecology, behavior, and conservation of this widespread, unique raptor. Dr. Marco Restani has lived and worked throughout Montana since 1983. He received a BS from the University of Montana, MS from Montana State, and PhD from Utah State studying Bald Eagles along the Missouri River near Helena. He was a Professor for 15 years at Rocky Mountain College in Billings and at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Restani spent seven summers in Greenland studying Peregrine Falcons and Common Ravens, two summers in Australia studying Tasmanian Devils, and four winters guiding ecotourists to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. He is an "Elective Member" of the American Ornithologists' Union and a "Certified Wildlife Biologist" with The Wildlife Society.
Where: Montana WILD
When:September 13th, 7:00 PM
NEW LOCATION FOR THE 2016-2017 PROGRAM SEASON
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.
2016 BIG BELTS GOLDEN EAGLE MIGRATION SURVEY - GEMS!
One of the most exhilarating experiences that one can have is watching a Golden Eagle soar on open wings along a ridge line at roughly 40 miles per hour. It appears absolutely effortless. Strength, beauty, freedom... are all adjectives that come to mind watching these outstretched wings. GEMS! Yes! It is about to happen again! Plans to conduct the 2016 Golden Eagle Migration Survey - GEMS, are well underway, and LCAS, along with Montana Audubon, US Forest Service and MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, is taking a leading role in the effort. The GEMS committee has hired two "volunteer" observers for the 2016 season which begins September 1st and runs through November 5th. LCAS is looking for assistance with this year's survey. If you have that desire to watch a raptor cruise by heading for more temperate climates, please plan to join the effort. There is no experience necessary. Our observers love visitors and will teach all you need to know. Just bring a pair of binoculars and let the raptors do the rest! For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Janice Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org