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


Chapter Programs
Monthly Newsletters
Natural History Lecture Series

Habitat Protection
Environmental Advocacy

Photo credits this page - Bob Martinka & Stephen Turner

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



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, Christmas Silent Auction, sale of birdseed and LCAS membership.

Upper Prickly Pear FAS

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 Assessment and 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 ( 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.

Lake Helena IBA and Scratchgravel Hills

Other recent projects:

In 2010 - 2012 LCAS granted $4,000 to Kessler School to develop a native plant habitat on the school grounds for bird habitat development and educational purposes.

A 2009 habitat grant of $1,000 to the Lewis & Clark County Water Quality Protection District for restoration native shrubs and trees in riparian sites along Prickly Pear Creek in the Helena Valley.

A 2009, $1,000 sponsorship of the release of a trumpter swan to re-establish a trumpter swan population in the Blackfoot Valley, Ovando, Montana.

A 2008, $2,000 habitat grant to the restoration and replanting of trees at Spring Meadow Lake State Park, Helena after a 2007 wildfire that burned many of the mature trees and substantial bird habitat in the park.

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 the grant, please submit the following: 1) a statement of work proposed; 2)an explanation of how the work will enhance avian habitat; 3) a plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the work; 4) a timeline; and 5) a detailed budget. The application should not exceed 3 pages. The 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 lst of each year. The committee’s decision will be announced by April 15th