Bay County Audubon Society 
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Panama City, Florida  32402


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Roseate Spoonbill May 26,2018 
Camp Helen State Park
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Come join Bay County Audubon's exciting and Informative Monthly Meetings!

We will meet in person in the St. Andrews Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 1608 Baker Ct. We are no longer able to provide Zoom.

Thank all of you who continue to support BCAS by participating in our meetings.

Upcoming Membership Meetings:

​Monday, December 11. Holiday Christmas Party, but first we will have a brief Christmas Bird Count pre-count meeting. Zoom may also be available but only for the pre-count meeting. We will start a little earlier than normal, please meet at the Church to start festivities at 6:00 p.m.

Upcoming Field Trips

Sat. Dec. 9 PCB Conservation Park bird walk 7:30 a.m. Leader TBA.

Sat. Dec.16 Christmas Bird Count; organized by Raya Pruner.

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 12-14, 2024 St. Marks NWR trip. Pam leading. Make room reservations at The Inn at Wildwood, Crawfordville. 850-926-4455. Meet in Port St. Joe.
Black Bellied Whistling Duck Feb 2, 2022 Panama City Beach Conservation Park 
Wagon ride at Conservation Park
Isn’t this a wonderful time of year?! The hot days of summer have abated somewhat, and we even have a hint of fall in those cool mornings. Fall migrants are coming through the Panhandle now. The Vermillion Flycatcher is back at Conservation Park. A Great Egret has taken up residence (well, several days’ visitation anyway) in our front yard. Red-breasted Grosbeaks, Grey Catbirds and Tufted Titmouses (titmice?) are on site at St. Andrew’s.
I’m really looking forward to our field trip to Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas at the end of October (the deadline for getting this into the editors was before the field trip). American Oystercatchers and Snowy Plovers should be there and lots of terns—Forster’s, Caspian and Royals. Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings and Willets have already been reported this month.

We should get some great photos from our trips—from Donna, Arnold, Brian and Ron, and others. I hope they’ll be submitting some for the digital photo exhibition in conjunction with our “Nature in Art” contest in December. The deadline for submission is November 18th and the exhibit/contest is December 8th at the Panama City Center for the Arts. I’m sure there will be more information about this in the newsletter. But you don’t have to be a skilled photographer to submit; this is meant to give amateurs an opportunity to display their candid photos from various field trips and other events, any time anywhere.

And speaking of photos, if you didn’t attend the October member meeting, you missed some great pictures from Donna and Dale Cronwell’s trip out west in April 2022. This was a preview for our Chapter’s planned visit to the High Island (TX) area at migration time next April (14-18) 2024. More details about this four-day trip (hotels, birding locations, etc.) will be coming in future newsletters.

At November’s member meeting, we’ll hear about E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Walton County. The Biophilia Center educates, on average, more than 100 students a day in fourth and seventh grades, every school day. It’s amazing how many opportunities there are in our area to immerse yourself in various natural sites, state and local parks. A walk in the woods or on the seashore is a great way to chase away the doldrums of winter that will be descending on us soon. Take advantage of all Mother Nature provides for us!e to thinking about what’s to come in the months ahead after a lazy summer of refuge, well nigh escapism from the problems of the world. Well, here we go again. It’s back to attending new programs, some with unsettling topics which rouse us out of idled complacency. This is serious stuff, after all. It won’t go away in May either when the year ends, Audubon-wise, after the “Year in Review.” After all, there’s always the next September. It’s like the Circle of Life.

A recent example of a scary headline, circa August 24: “For Antarctica’s emperor penguins, ‘there is no time left’”. The sub headline reads: “A new study predicts a bleak future for these iconic birds, which experienced an unprecedented breeding failure last year due to record-low sea ice levels.” The story gets worse; as Auduboners, you have probably read the rest of the story.

Co-President's Message By Teri Floore
Wonderful Time of the Year!
Get Ready to Party!

Every year we have a special meeting in December-- A Christmas potluck and gift exchange. Well, not exactly an exchange, but a "Dirty Santa" where we steal gifts from one another. BCAS will provide ham and drinks; everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share and a gift (less than $20) to pass around! We hope you will join us for good food and fellowship. Meet in person at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1608 Baker Court, Panama City on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.