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April 11’s Talk: Ales and Wild Tails: Birds of Prey and Their Amazing Adaptations

Featuring Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s Birds of Prey

Please join us on April 11 as the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges team up with The Ale and the Witch to bring you environmental education, conversation and beer!

Jason Cowen from the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve will be returning to teach us even more about birds of prey. From eagles and hawks to falcons, owls, and vultures, every bird of prey fills a niche. Each bird has a custom set of adaptations and unique abilities that help them fulfill their role in the environment. Unfortunately, they also face great challenges living in urban areas where things are not so natural. Jason will give an up-close encounter with Boyd Hill’s raptors and discuss 

Please join us and bring your friends at Ale and the Witch located at 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

When: From 6-7 pm


Visit What’s Happening for ways you can help out the refuges.

  1. Field trips
  2. Spring festivals
  3. Bird Surveys
  4. Egmont Key Education Center Docents
  5. Bird Stewards for this season
  6. Ales & Wild Tails educational programs 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 pm – 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg in the courtyard at the Ale & the Witch.  No reservation needed.  Location or dates may change for July & August so watch for emails.
  7. Pinellas Repairs, Cleanups & exotic control: To be determined, watch emails to sign up.


Adopt a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest – 2018

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge Sea Turtle Survival Program

Why Should I Adopt a Nest ?
 
Because beach erosion and sea level rise create constant threats to nesting habitats, sea turtle nests need to be protected and monitored. By adopting a nest, you support educational programming and the Eckerd College interns who will protect, monitor, and collect nesting data during the nesting season.
 
For more info, visit our Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest page!

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 For other events visit What’s Happening page. If you’d like to volunteer to help on any bird surveys, in the Guardhouse as a docent, or at the festivals please contact Barb TampaBayRefuges@msn.com or 727-343-1272.


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Mission Statement

Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges promote conservation, awareness, and appreciation of the Refuge Complex and provide assistance to the mission and programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
In Tampa Bay, we are fortunate to have three National Wildlife Refuges: Egmont Key, Passage Key, and the Pinellas Refuges. The Refuges’ natural areas provide prime habitat for migratory and beach nesting birds to safely “nest and rest” free from human interference. At Egmont Key, increasing numbers of sea turtles also find suitable and secure habitat for laying their eggs each breeding season, and a large and growing population of gopher tortoises safely move about the island, constructing burrows that protect them and many other species during severe storms.
 
As Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, we:
  • Encourage membership through opportunities that support the efforts of the Fish and Wildlife Service at the Tampa Bay Refuges.
  • Raise money to fund conservation, preservation, and educational projects in support of the Tampa Bay Refuges and the National Refuge System.
  • Provide environmental education programs to elementary age students that takes them out of the classroom and into the school yard where they learn to relate conservation and sustainability concepts to their daily environment.
  • Sponsor periodic Refuge clean-ups of exotic plants, debris, and mono-filament that are damaging to wildlife and habitat.
  • Offer public educational programs on conservation and preservation topics, the Tampa Bay Refuges, and the national Refuge System.
  • Provide bird stewards at Egmont Key who monitor secured areas and ensure that birds can safely nest and rest during periods of high boater visitation to the island.
  • Survey nesting and resting birds at the Pinellas Refuges each month to measure changes in population and evaluate effectiveness of conservation programs.