Bay County Audubon Society

                                                                           Field Trips 


Dec 16          118th Christmas Bird Count    To sign up with a team please contact                             Raya Pruner  

Jan 12/13      St. Marks/Panacea overnight trip.  We will be staying at the The Inn at                       Wildwood, Crawfordville  850-926-4455.  We always see plenty of birds                       both on the way down there and at the refuge. A wide variety of birds                       should be seen, including many species of ducks, shorebirds, raptors                       and wading birds.
Jan 14           Optional: Wakulla Springs.  Wakulla Lodge 850-421-2000    

Feb. 17          Okaloosa County Spray Fields in Ft. Walton Beach. This is always a                        productive area for a wide range of birds, including sparrows and                        ducks.

Feb. 21          Bird Walk at the Panama City Beach Conservation Park. This area is                        rapidly becoming a very good birding destination, as wetlands are                            created by water treatment outfalls. 

March 14       Bird Walk at the Panama City Beach Conservation Park – visiting                       different trails, possibly seeing early spring migrants.

March 24       Falling Waters State Park This small park has lots to offer for bird and                       plant enthusiasts. We will be joined by the local Native Plant Society to                       help us identify lots of plants and wildflowers. We should get good                       looks at Bachman’s Sparrow and other woodland species and see                       some migrants. The park is known for one of Florida’s only waterfalls,                       which disappears into a deep sinkhole. 

April 13-15   Two night stay on Dauphin Island, Alabama during the height of Spring                      migration. This is one of the best sites to see these migrating birds as                      they arrive from their trip across the Gulf. We will also take the ferry                      across Mobile Bay to Ft. Morgan, another hot spot.

May 12         Gulf County birding loop around the Chipola and Apalachicola rivers.                      Farms and fields and wetlands should yield many bird species,                      including Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites.

Details on these trips to be announced later and published in our newsletter. 

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 850-763-7485(h) preferred, or 850-381-5651(c) No texting, please.   Bring binoculars, field guides, insect repellant, 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