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 lpca08@gmail.com
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - Camp Helen Monthly Species Count with LPCA  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 lpca08@gmail.com
Saturday, May 18 - Field Trip to Eden Gardens State Park
Our Saturday, May 18 field trip will be to Eden Gardens State Park, in Santa Rosa Beach between Panama City Beach and Destin. This is a beautiful 163-acre park off Hwy 98 in Point Washington. The big feature of this park is the 122-year old mansion, the historic Wesley House. Tours are offered.

Surrounding the mansion are lots of large Spanish moss-covered live oak trees which offer opportunities for birding and photography. We will walk through the acres of gardens, follow the nature trail and walk down to the bayou in the back. This park is on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

If you live on the beach you can meet us there at 8:00 am. For those in town, meet in the large parking lot right behind the Taco Bell on Hwy 98 and Thomas Drive at 7:15 to leave right at 7:30. You will want to bring binoculars (we have some to lend out), cameras, pack lunch and drinks.

Difficulty: easy 
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Camp Helen Monthly Species Count with LPCA  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 lpca08@gmail.com