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


About LCAS

Field Trips
Christmas Bird Count
Golden Eagle Migration Survey (GEMS)
Birding in the Helena Area

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Natural History Lecture Series

Habitat Protection
Environmental Advocacy

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LCAS web site funded by a bequest from the estate of Nancy Tunnicliff


Each month from September to May the Last Chance Audubon Society offers presentations on natural history and on local, state and national issues of interest to the Helena community. Chapter programs are free and open to members and nonmembers.

Meetings are held on the second (2nd) Tuesday of the month, September through May (excluding March), at Montana WILD located at 2668 Broadwater Ave. Members and friends are invited to gather at 6:30 PM for one half hour of refreshments and socializing with the program meeting beginning at 7:00 PM. Montana WILD is located at (2668 Broadwater Ave.)

NOTE: In March, Last Chance Audubon sponsors a month-long series of natural history lectures. Details are provided under the menu tab Natural History Lecture Series

Common Yellowthroat


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:00 PM
*Please note this program is the FIRST Tuesday in April*

Location - Montana WILD Education Center - 2668 Broadwater Ave

"Swifting" Up High in Glacier Park

Presenter: Amy Seaman

Searching for Black Swifts, or “swifting”, is not for the faint of heart. The sheer beauty of their waterfall habitat alone causes palpitations, not to mention bear-country bush-whacking, miles of paddling, slippery creek-bed navigation, and scree-slope rock skiing. Amy Seaman will describe her search for the elusive Black Swift which took her up high and under waterfalls in survey trips to Glacier National Park. She will discuss the Black Swift’s distribution, unique nesting behavior, and its status here in Montana. The state's survey efforts include Montana Audubon efforts over the last three years in Glacier National Park which is home to the majority of swift colonies that we are aware of in Montana. Amy will share what has been learned about how to survey in Montana’s remote backcountry, photos of beautiful waterfalls, interesting facts, and plenty of speculation about what we know about “the coolest bird”.

Amy Seaman came to Montana Audubon in 2013 where she works on the Important Bird Area (IBA) Program and myriad other bird conservation projects including the annual Long-billed Curlew surveys in the Helena area. In 2015, Amy became the lead lobbyist at the Montana Legislative session in Helena. Amy earned her M.S in Biology in2012 at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her teaching experiences are varied, but include several semesters assisting field ornithology. Avian studies have been a focal point for Amy, taking her to Montana locations such as the Madison and Missouri Rivers, Charles M. Russell NWR, Bitterroot Valley, Glacier National Park, far eastern Montana and the Bridger Mountains.