Bay County Audubon Society

2021-22 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 also welcome.)

Trips are subject to weather and last-minute changes. Due to Coronavirus restrictions, no carpooling will take place. Facemasks will be recommended while in close contact, but may be removed once members spread out more than 6 feet during the walk. Social distancing will be required. If more than 10 people are present, the walk will be broken up into two or more groups. See our Facebook page, electronic newsletter or Meetup page for up to date information or call Ron Houser at 850-774-9733.
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Saturday, November 13, 2021  Lynn Haven Bayou Park and Preserve This is one of our newest parks that recently opened in June 2021. This 98 acre park is located at 4770 County Rd 2321 (Deerpoint Dam Rd) right next to Deerpoint Elementary. It has walking trails, picnic pavilions, kayak/boat launches, outdoor classrooms, fitness loop, disc golf, and a playground. Meet at the second parking area next to the teaching pavilion at 8:00AM.

Thursday, November 18, 2021  Birds and Brews FSU/GCSC campus area 4:00PM

Saturday, December 11, 2021  PCB Conservation Park Bird Walk Meet at the bath house at 7:30AM. We typically are done by 10AM and walk around 1-2 miles on maintained trails that are fairly accessible.

Saturday, December 18, 2021  Christmas Bird Count (Raya Pruner)

Friday, Saturday, January 14-15, 2022 Overnight trip to St. Marks NWR, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, and Panacea area, staying at the Magnuson Inn at Wildwood, Crawfordville, Fl. This trip is subject to changing COVID conditions. See below itinerary for more details.

Saturday, February 12, 2022  PCB Conservation Park Bird Walk 7:30AM

Saturday, February 19, 2022  Majette Park 7:30AM

Saturday, March 12, 2022  PCB Conservation Park Bird Walk 7:30AM   This is the last of 4 bird walks to this popular park. We are assured that the truck-drawn covered wagon will be there to take us to the inside of the park to explore some new areas. Some walking will be involved but this is an especially good trip for individuals who can't walk longer distances. Bring snacks and drinks. Meet at bathhouse.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 PCB Conservation Park Bird Walk 7:30AM.  For those who missed the wagon ride through Panama City Beach Conservation Park on March 12 due to the adverse weather, Ron and Jim Moyers have scheduled another wagon ride there on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30am. We will go to areas we've never been to before, including a beautiful tupelo-cypress wetland that should be great for migrating songbirds. We will also view the large wetland on Baxley Homestead Road from the trailer, which should let us get better views than from ground level. There will be some walking on the John Muir trail through a remnant stand of old Longleaf Pines that we saw several years ago. Bring your binoculars, cameras, snacks and drinks. 

Friday, April 15, 2022 Field Trip to Dr. Julian G Bruce St. George Island State Park for spring migrants. This is an excellent place to see lots of spring migrants. We will explore the maritime hammocks around the group camp by the restrooms. This is about a two-hour drive from Panama City. You can drive there on your own if you know where the group camp is or follow us down there (and possibly carpool) by meeting beside Starbucks at the Panama City Mall at 6:30AM to leave no later than 6:45AM. We should be there by 8:45 Central Time, 9:45 Eastern Time. Bring a lunch and drinks. Contact Ron for more information. 

Saturday, May 14, 2022 Beulah Laidlaw Audubon Preserve.  
Come and explore this Audubon Florida Preserve in Washington County. This is open as a joint event with Bay County Audubon and other Audubon chapters. Meet at the entry gate at 9:00 AM on Hwy 79. If you are driving north on Hwy 79, the entrance is 4.2 miles north of the bridge over Holmes Creek in Vernon; the address is 2122 Hwy 79; it is on the west side of the road, so you need to get in the left lane, make a U-turn, and come back to the large entry gate that reads “On Cypress Pond”. If you are driving south on Hwy 79 from I-10 area, the entry gate is just past Union Hill Road and will be on your right. 

We have an easement through private property to get onto the Preserve, so it is extremely important that you arrive before 9:00am so we can caravan through the private property to the actual gate to the Preserve. Long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes or boots are highly recommended because there is the possibility of biting insects, chiggers, and poison ivy along the paths. Bring your binoculars and cameras and wander the trails to find birds, animals, and plants of interest. Bring your own drinks and bag lunch or snacks. We will plan a group lunch spot at the pavilion around noon. Depending on the weather and what fun things we are finding, we will plan to wrap things around 1:00pm for departure.There is an outhouse available, but no other amenities like power or potable water. 

Contact Neil Lamb, 850-814-1276, by calling or text message if you need additional information.


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