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 850-763-7485(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, Dec 8– 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.  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, Nov. 17 Birding at Camp Helen. A joint field trip with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society. Field trip leaders Norman and Mary Jo Capra.

Meet us at the visitor center at Camp Helen State Park by 8:15. a.m. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. Admission is $4.00 per car (no charge for Annual State Park Pass holders). Take an envelope, remove the windshield hanger and place the envelope with payment in the deposit box.

We will walk to Phillips Inlet to identify shorebirds, early arriving ducks, and wading birds. After surveying the inlet, we will return via the Oak canopy trail nature walk to identify upland birds. Some may opt to take the North loop which has a boardwalk that runs along Lake Powell on the North side of the Park. Depending upon the number of participants we may break up into groups. Bring your picnic lunch and drinks. There is a soda machine at the visitors center.