Bay County Audubon Society 
P.O. Box 1182
Panama City, Florida  32402

                                                                                           

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Roseate Spoonbill May 26,2018 
Camp Helen State Park
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"Bay County Audubon Society, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations."
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 and broadcast live on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month

Our in-person meetings will start again in September 2022. We will also continue making the meetings available via Zoom. Several Board members have worked hard to make this "hybrid" program possible. The meeting Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85357950738. This address will also be available on our Facebook page. A meeting reminder email, with the link, will be sent a few days before the meeting. to members that have provided us their email addresses Thank all of you who continue to support BCAS by participating in our meetings.

Upcoming Membership Meetings:

Nov 14 Malcolm Swan, Choctawhatchee Audubon - Alaskan 
  bears, birds, and landscapes via videos and photos

December 12 Christmas Party

Upcoming Field Trips:

Nov. 12. Friday. Birding and wildflower walk at Falling Waters State Park with Sweetbay native plant group. 8:30 at the park.

Nov. 19. Saturday. Panama City Beach Conservation Park bird walk #2 7:30am

Dec. 9. Friday. Majette Park. 7:30 am at the park

Dec. 17. Saturday. Christmas Bird Count

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October 15 Migration Field Trip to St Joe

The October migration field trip of the season was to St Joe on October 15, 2022. We had 17 people attend and documented 50 species of birds. Photos by Teresa Nooney.
For our second BCAS monthly membership meeting and presentation, we heard from Jessica Graham of the St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program.

Jessica Graham, Ph.D., is the director for the St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program. The St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program is a partnership between Florida State University and Bay County. Dr. Graham earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, where she continued to earn her Ph.D in Biological Sciences with a focus on coral reef community assemblages. She coordinated components of an international coral reef monitoring program focused on cooperation among diverse stakeholders toward addressing global conservation issues.

​October 10 Membership Meeting
The St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program is designed to be a community and citizen-driven effort to work with stakeholders and the public to identify and solve problems facing the bays, based on objective, scientific information. St. Andrew Bay is one of the most biologically diverse bays in North America and St. Joseph Bay has the richest and most abundant concentrations of marine grasses along the Northwest Florida coast. The bays are an essential resource to area maritime and naval operations as well as tourism.    

To view her PowerPoint presentation, please click here.


Black Bellied Whistling Duck Feb 2, 2022 Panama City Beach Conservation Park 
Upcoming Field Trip Information


Saturday, Nov. 12.  Birding and wildflower walk at Falling Waters State Park with Sweetbay Native Plant Society 8:30 at the park. This small park is a good place to see birds and fall wildflowers. Sweetbay Florida Native Plant Society members will join us there. The main attraction is the waterfall that drops down into a deep sinkhole. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in Florida. We plan to eat a picnic lunch there after we walk the trails. You can meet us there in the main parking lot at 8:30 am. There is a park fee at the gate. Bring lunch, drinks, binoculars, camera, and bug spray. We have binoculars to loan.

Saturday, Nov. 19. Panama City Beach Conservation Park bird walk. 7:30am.
Bring binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, snacks and drinks. Loaner binoculars are available for those who do not have their own. This is an easy walk of approximately 2.5 miles up and back. Although it is a dirt road, it is wide and wheelchair accessible. We also hope to be able to offer the truck-drawn wagon as an option. Meet in the parking area by the rest rooms. We are usually back at the parking lot by 11:00 or so.

Friday, Dec. 9. Majette Park. 7:45 am at the park. Located on John Pitts Road off U.S. Hwy 231. This is the old Bay Dunes Golf Course, which has been converted into a walking park and disc golf course. Meet at the Panama City Mall beside Starbuck’s at 7:30am to carpool or caravan to the park, about 10 miles up Hwy 231. You can drive directly to the park if you know where it’s located. Instead of turning into the main entrance to Majette Park, go a little further down John Pitts Road to the next small, paved road to the right and park in the small parking area up the hill. That’s where we will meet, at 7:45am. Some of the paths are paved but some may be muddy, depending on the weather. Binoculars will be available. Pam Overmyer will lead the trip.

Saturday, Dec. 17. Christmas Bird Count. See article in current issue of the Newsletter.


Wagon ride at Conservation Park
November 10 Membership Meeting

Please join us for the BCAS monthly membership meeting and presentation. We meet in person and will remote connect via Zoom. We will hear from Malcolm Swan. Malcolm Mark Swan is a field trip leader for the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society and an occasional participant on Bay County Audubon events. His Dad introduced Malcolm to birding in 1963,and he began recording bird behavior on video in1995.On weekdays Malcolm works as a cartographer on Eglin Air Force Base. On vacations he has pursued birds across much of the U.S. and in 10 countries. His video collection of two thousand birds includes 7 new species for Okaloosa County and the first Northern Wheatear and Black-headed Gull in the Florida Panhandle. Malcolm will show videos of birds and mammals he recorded in Alaska when he and his wife Shannon Hobson traveled to Nome, Utqiaġvik, Kodiak, and Seward in June of 2021. Some highlights include Steller's Eiders, Kittlitz's Murrelets, Sabine's Gulls, Hoary Redpolls, Steller's Sea Lions, and Kodiak Bears