Bay County Audubon Society 
P.O. Box 1182
Panama City, Florida  32402

                                                                                           

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Come join Bay County Audubon's exciting and Informative Monthly Meetings!

We will meet in person in the St. Andrews Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 1608 Baker Ct and broadcast live on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month

Our in-person meetings will start again in September 2022. We will also continue making the meetings available via Zoom. Several Board members have worked hard to make this "hybrid" program possible. The meeting Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85357950738. This address will also be available on our Facebook page. A meeting reminder email, with the link, will be sent a few days before the meeting. to members that have provided us their email addresses Thank all of you who continue to support BCAS by participating in our meetings.

Upcoming Membership Meetings:

Monday, Sept 12: Membership Meeting (in person and via ZOOM) Dan Catizone, biologist @ USGS - Terrapins, sea turtles, gopher tortoises, & other species in local coastal research

Monday, Oct 10: Membership Meeting (in person and via ZOOM) Jessica Graham, Director: St. Andrews St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program at FSU-PC

Upcoming Field Trips:

Saturday, Sept 24 Beginner birding at St. Andrews State Park 8:15am at Gator Lake

Saturday, Oct. 15 Fall migration birding in Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas. Lunch in town.

Saturday, Oct. 22 Panama City Beach Conservation Park bird walk #1 7:30am

See below for more information.
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Co-President's Message  
By Teri Floore

Are you ready for some…birdwatching?!

Your BCAS Board and Committee chairpersons met on Saturday and finalized plans for 2022-2023. We will continue to meet on the second Monday of each month at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church parish hall (1607 Baker Court) with a slight change in the line-up:

    gather at 6:30 p.m. to socialize and get refreshments
    conduct business at 6:45
    start the program promptly at 7:00.

These will be hybrid meetings, that is, participants will be welcome to attend in person and the meetings will be broadcast via Zoom.

A draft listing of programs from terrapins and sea turtles to Alaskan bears and birds, is posted on the website (www.baycountyaudubon.org), as well as proposed field trips.
Click on links on the left hand side of the page to see what we are planning and when.

We will meet at St. Andrews State Park, PCB Conservation Park, Falling Waters State Park, Majette Park over the 2022-2023 season. You won’t want to miss our overnight trips to St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge and Dauphin Island, Alabama!

It all adds up to an exciting season of birding and communing with nature! We hope you’ll join us and take lots of pictures to add to our year-end review in May. 
Please join us for the first BCAS monthly membership meeting of the 2022-23 season. We will hear from Dan Catizone, a biologist for U.S. Geological Survey.

Dan is currently involved in research in the Florida Panhandle studying diamondback terrapins, sea turtles, and other coastal species. Dan received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and his Master's degree at the University of Florida with his thesis project studying diamondback terrapins in St. Joseph Bay, FL. Growing up on the coast of New Jersey encouraged his interest with the coastal environment and with an additional love for turtles he has spent the past 10 years growing his skills and knowledge in the field of conservation.

For our second BCAS monthly membership meeting and presentation, we will hear from Jessica Graham of the St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program.

Jessica Graham, Ph.D., is the director for the St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program. The St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program is a partnership between Florida State University and Bay County. Dr. Graham earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, where she continued to earn her Ph.D in Biological Sciences with a focus on coral reef community assemblages. She coordinated components of an international coral reef monitoring program focused on cooperation among diverse stakeholders toward addressing global conservation issues.

September 12 - Membership Meeting
​October 10 - Membership Meeting
The St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program is designed to be a community and citizen-driven effort to work with stakeholders and the public to identify and solve problems facing the bays, based on objective, scientific information. St. Andrew Bay is one of the most biologically diverse bays in North America and St. Joseph Bay has the richest and most abundant concentrations of marine grasses along the Northwest Florida coast. The bays are an essential resource to area maritime and naval operations as well as tourism. 
Black Bellied Whistling Duck Feb 2, 2022 Panama City Beach Conservation Park 
Upcoming Field Trip Information

Saturday, Sept 24 Beginner birding at St. Andrews State Park. We plan to meet at Gator Lake at 8:15am and walk the Gator Lake Trail and other areas. Everyone is invited, whether you are experienced or not. We are always happy to help you with binoculars, birding questions and identification of birds. We have binoculars to loan if you don’t have your own. Bring a snack, drinks, walking shoes and comfortable clothing. This normally takes about 3 hours.

Saturday, Oct 15 Fall migration birding in the St. Joe/Cape San Blas area. This is a very good place to see migrating birds, especially raptors, as they make their long journey to South and Central America. We will start out in town at the boat ramp near the Lighthouse and work our way to the Cape, stopping at Salinas Park and possibly the State Park if we have time. We plan to eat lunch in Port St. Joe at a local restaurant, probably Peppers Mexican Restaurant. You can meet us at 6:45am (Central Time) by Starbuck’s at the Panama City Mall to follow us down or possibly carpool. We will leave there right at 7:00. Or, you may want to meet us in Port St. Joe at Frank Pate Park just past the lighthouse. Turn right off U.S. Hwy 98 onto 5th St. at the traffic light. The parking area is on the left, by the rest rooms. We plan to meet up there by 8:15 Central Time, or 9:15 Eastern Time. Bring binoculars, cameras, snacks, and drinks. We should be back in Panama City by 3:00pm Central Time. Loaner binoculars will be available.

Saturday, Oct. 22 Panama City Beach Conservation Park birding. 7:30am. This is the first of four trips to this large park located off U.S. Hwy 98 just west of the Hwy. 79 intersection. Birding has picked up there in the last few years and our list has expanded to over 140 species. We normally take an easy 1.4 mile walk up the Baxley Homestead Road to a large wetland, where we can see many bird species. On the way up we have good chances of seeing up to 6 or 7 species of woodpeckers and other birds along the road. But since some people have trouble walking that far, Jim Moyers, the park manager and biologist, has arranged to have the city’s truck-drawn wagon to take up to 30 people around the inside of the park to meet up with the walking group at the wetland later. Either way you choose you are assured of seeing a good number of birds. Bring binoculars, cameras, walking shoes, snacks, and plenty of water. Meet at the parking lot in front of the rest rooms. We are usually finished by 11:00-11:30am. 
Wagon ride at Conservation Park