Bay County Audubon Society
P.O. Box 1182
Panama City, Florida 32402
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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 and broadcast live on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month
Our in-person meetings started 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:
Monday, Jan 9, 2023 Rhett Barker, biologist and filmmaker (“Wild Green Media”, “Wild Green Future”) - Memes for Ecological Themes
Monday, Feb 13, 2023 Kent Wimmer, Coordinator of NW Florida Sentinel Landscape Program
Monday, Mar 13, 2023 Ron Houser - birds of Dauphin Island, Mobile, AL (precursor to a chapter Field Trip in April)
Upcoming Field Trips:
Fri-Sun, Jan 13-15, St. Marks NWR birding trip. 2-3 days. Accommodations at Magnuson Hotel Wildwood Inn and Wildwood Golf and RV Resort in Crawfordville. See below for more info.
Saturday Feb 18 Panama City Beach Conservation Park bird walk or wagon ride #3 7:30am meet at bath house.
Wednesday, Feb 22 Birds and Brews. 4pm meet at Lake Caroline in St. Andrews
Saturday, Mar 18 Birding and gardens walk at Eden Gardens State Park with Choctawhatachee Audubon Society. 8:30am at the park. Meet at the parking lot.
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Black Bellied Whistling Duck Feb 2, 2022 Panama City Beach Conservation Park
Upcoming Field Trip Information
Fri-Sun, Jan 13-15, St. Marks NWR birding trip. 2-3 days. Accommodations at Magnuson Hotel Wildwood Inn and Wildwood Golf and RV Resort in Crawfordville.
Pam Overmyer will be leading an overnight field trip to St. Marks Nat. Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 14-15, 2022. There will be birding stops in Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, and Panacea area before arriving at the Magnuson Hotel Wildwood Inn near Crawfordville to spend the night. Please make your own travel or carpool arrangements and hotel reservations for this trip. Hotel Reservations (online or call 855-213-0582.)
Itinerary (Note times are all EASTERN)
Friday, Jan. 13 Meet at 9:00am (Eastern Standard Time) at the downtown Port St. Joe boat ramp at Frank Pate Park near the lighthouse for an hour or so of birding. This is on Fifth Street at the traffic light. We will continue to our destination hotel with several stops along the way.
Noon, meet in Apalachicola at Lafayette Park off Hickory St. to view Apalachicola Bay off a pier and have lunch in Apalachicola. (Bring your own or local restaurant)
Planned Birding stops on the way to the hotel
•East Point-view some oystercatchers and other birds on the jetties and sandbars. •Mashes Point in Panacea •Bottoms Road just past Panacea (time permitting).
3:00 pm (EST) Check in at the Wildwood Inn
You will need to make your own reservations. The hotel is located about 8 miles east of Panacea on U.S. Hwy 98. The phone number is 855-213-0582. The Seineyard restaurant located adjacent to the hotel and the hotel serves a free continental breakfast. There are several other dining options near the hotel.
Saturday, Jan. 14
7:00 am EST Meet Pam in the hotel lobby for breakfast.
8:00 am EST Leave for St. Marks NWR It’s a 15-minute drive from there to the refuge to spend several hours birding the impoundments and trails. Be sure to bring snacks and drinks while birding.
Note: Check out time at the hotel is 11:00 am EST. If you plan to return to Panama City on Saturday you will need to arrange for a late departure or check out of the hotel before leaving for St. Mark’s.
If you would like to stay one or two nights extra for birding in other nearby locations, including the Wakulla Springs boat tour contact Pam for more information. She will be staying there from Thursday to Monday. Her number is 850-832-5835. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The trip to St. Mark’s is usually a very productive field trip that we have taken many times over the years. We typically see well over 100 bird species over the two days. Right now, there is a female Vermillion Flycatcher there and Pinky the Flamingo. We hope to see you there!
Wagon ride at Conservation Park
Photos from our Christmas Party 2022