Bay County Audubon Society

                                                                           Field Trips 



Grab your binoculars and field guide and go on an interesting local field trip.  You do not have to be a member to participate.  (We do have some extra binoculars for those beginning birders who do not have their own.  Anyone interested in photography and  native plants is welcome.

All trips and times are subject to change.  Check the newsletter or call  Ron Houser at  850-774-9744.   Bring binoculars, field guides, insect repellent, sunscreen, drinks, water, snacks and lunch where noted.

Be sure to confirm the trip before going (especially if it has rained).

More information will be available as it gets closer to the time of the field trip.  Also check us on Facebook or Meetup for current updates.

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Photo by Ron Houser

Saturday, April 13-Spring Migration in St. George Island State Park. This state park, located on a barrier island near Apalachicola, is well known for the abundance of migrating birds in the spring. Parts of the park were damaged during the hurricane but they should be open by April. Bring snacks, drink, binoculars, insect repellent and sunscreen. We plan to eat lunch at a local restaurant on the island. Meet at 6:45am at the Panama City Mall under the old theater sign next to Starbuck’s. We will carpool from there, leaving at 7:00 sharp. Difficulty: easy. Call Ron FMI 850-774-9733. For the latest updates from the park, call 850-535-2888. 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 Camp Helen Species Count. Meet us at the Camp Helen front gate at 6:00 am sharp. Although we typically finish birding about noon, you can spend as much or as little time as you like. We sometimes divide our group to cover the north side of the park as well as the coastal areas. We appreciate any amount of time given to help document our avian friends. Bring binoculars, scope [if you have one], water and snacks, hat and sunscreen.  If you would like to participate, please contact Emily Ellis at
Saturday, March 23- Bird Walk at Panama City Conservation Park Meet in the main parking lot at 7:30. There should be some spring migrants coming through. Difficulty: easy. The bird walk will be preceded by a community Art Effort at Floriopolis. This is a great way to really learn some of the species in the Park. For more information call Norm Capra at 850-532-5636
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - Camp Helen Monthly Species Count with LPCA 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Birding in the Lynn Haven Area with Neil Lamb 
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Camp Helen Monthly Species Count with LPCA 
Saturday, March 9, BCAS will be joined by Choctawhatchee Audubon in a combined work/birding day at Audubon’s Laidlaw Preserve in Washington County. The storm did some damage to our trails and we need your help in clearing debris. If the birders can carry pocket clippers and move branches off the trails, that would be a great benefit. In addition to your binoculars bring work gloves, clippers, lunch and drinks. We will definitely get some birding done and eat lunch at the gazebo. Meet at Porter Park in Lynn Haven, located at the foot of the Bailey Bridge at 7:15am to leave at 7:30. We will meet the Choctawhatchee Audubon folks at the roadside park in Vernon (just north of the Holmes Creek bridge) at 8:15. If you are not able to work, come anyway to enjoy the birds and native plants that are there. Contact Neil Lamb at 850-814-1276 for more information or for updates.​
Saturday, March 16- Hiking at Pine Log State Forest with the Sweetbay Native Plant Society. The Florida National Scenic Trail goes through Pine Log State Forest, and there should be plenty of birds and native plants for us to look at on this fairly easy walk through Florida’s oldest state forest. Bring your binoculars, cameras, walking shoes and a picnic lunch to eat at the picnic tables in the parking area. The park is located just south of Ebro, Fla. off Hwy 79 Between Hwy 388 and Hwy 20. Meet us behind the Taco Bell on Hwy 98 and Thomas Drive at 7:15am to leave at 7:30 sharp. Or you could just meet us in the main parking lot at Pine Log at 8:00 if you prefer. There is a possibility the trails will be wet so you might want to wear appropriate footwear. As always, include insect repellent in your bag with snacks and drink. Cancel if rain. Difficulty: easy to moderate. For more information or updates call Ron at 850-774-9733.