Bay County Audubon Society
Dec 16 118th Christmas Bird Count To sign up with a team please contact Raya Pruner firstname.lastname@example.org
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.