Bay County Audubon Society

                                                                           Field Trips 


Saturday, Sept. 22 – Field trip/bird walk to St. Andrews State Park, led by Tom and Teri Floore. Join us in exploring the trails and ponds at this popular park. We will be walking around Gator Lake and other park trails to look for a variety of woodland and water birds. There may even be a few fall migrants. Bring binoculars (we have some to lend out), insect repellent and snacks and drinks. Meet us in the parking area at Gator Lake at 8:00am – 8:15am. Call Ron at 763-7485 or cell # 850-381-5651. No texts, please.

 Saturday, Oct. 13- Bay Day at St. Joe Bay Buffer Preserve, 3915 State Road 30A in Port St. Joe. There will be a variety of events going on that day, including a bird walk from 8:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time) led by Ron Houser and others. Other events include tram rides through the preserve, live entertainment, raffle drawings and a low-country boil starting at 11:00 (ET). Everything is free except for the food. Donations will benefit the Friends of St. Joe Bay Buffer Preserve, which was founded to help protect and preserve one of the most ecologically significant areas in the Southeastern U.S. Get there early to get a parking spot. 

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

Saturday, Oct. 20 – Bird Walk at Panama City Beach Conservation Park. 7:30am. This is the first of four bird walks in this park this season. Meet us in the parking lot of this 2900 acre conservation area. Some of this area is slowly being transformed into wetlands due to discharge of treated wastewater and restoration of the habitat. This means more and more birds are being found there, including black-bellied whistling ducks. The bird list is up to over 140 species! We may break up into groups and walk the trails and boardwalks looking for a wide variety of birds. This is also right in the middle of fall migration so some of those can be expected. A moderate amount of walking is required but we go at a slow pace. This is an excellent place for new birders to spot the birds. We should be finished by 10:30am. Bring snacks and drink as well as binoculars and insect repellent.

Saturday, Oct. 27 – Joint field trip with Choctawhatchee Audubon Society to the Okaloosa County Landfill. This is one of the most well-known hot birding spots in the Ft. Walton Beach area. Local Audubon members will be our guides. A moderate amount of walking will be required. Afterwards we will return home through Niceville and Hwy 20 to hwy 77 or 79 to avoid beach traffic congestion. We will stop to eat lunch, possibly in Niceville. Bring snacks, drinks and the usual birding equipment. We need to get an early start, so set your clocks and meet us behind the Taco Bell restaurant on Hwy 98 and Thomas Drive at 6:30am to leave right at 6:45. We need to be at Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant in Ft. Walton by 8:15. The address there is 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft. Walton Beach. If you live on Panama City Beach we can meet you at the Publix near Phillips Inlet. Give me a call at 763-7485.