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2019 Summer NewsletterFriends Newsletter Summer 2019 edition

The Summer issue is available online for your reading enjoyment.

  • Discover history of Egmont Key.

  • Attend this year’s SharkCon in July at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

  • Learn about the Little Bird Key Shoreline Stabilization Project

  • Birds of the Refuge: Spotlight on American Oystercatcher

  • Save the Date: More Exciting Tours!

    • October 24-27 is the Monarch Butterfly Festival

  • A History of Conservation — continued from Spring 2019

8th Annual Egmont Key Sanctuary Bird tour

Thank you Ann Paul for telling us all about the birds and their habitats!

See more photos of the refuge tour.

100s Visit Egmont Key Guardhouse and Education Center

It was a very busy Memorial Day Weekend. For a break from the hot summer sun. 109 island visitors stopped by the Education Center to discover Egmont Key inhabitants and history. This group checked out every display we had to offer. 


Join us this summer and enjoy the air conditioned center and become a Docent.

Egmont Key Guardhouse Docents needed

Egmont Key Guardhouse

Egmont Key Guardhouse

We need docents for weekends this summer, so sign up if you can and enjoy some time on the island!

Open the link below to the doodle poll. Select the day you would like to volunteer.

Sign up here!

Transportation to Egmont Key is provided.

If you have questions, feel free to email me @ Pat Mundus


Refuge Friends Install new signs at Egmont Key

Photos by Tom Bell

A hardy group of volunteers recently ventured out to Egmont Key. On this very warm spring day, they erected six new signs.

Participate as a volunteer for the National Wildlife Refuges with Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges.

You can:

  • Be a Bird Steward
  • Talk to Egmont Key visitors as Docent at the Visitor Center
  • Participate in monthly bird counts by boat

Join the ranks of the 38,000 people who volunteer on our national wildlife refuges annually! Volunteers and refuge Friends groups contribute over 1.4 million hours of stewardship each year in support of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

See below for more information.

Ales and Wild Tails Educational programs

The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges will resume  “Ales and Wild Tails,” a night of environmental education, conversation and good beer at The Ale and the Witch in St. Pete starting in the Fall. 

Be a Wildlife Friendly Pet Owner

Beach habitat is important for wildlife. Many types of wildlife depend on Florida’s beaches for their survival, including endangered and threatened species. 

To be a knowledgeable pet owner, please download the brochure.

For more information: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative 3377 East US Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055

Phone: (386) 754-1668


Adopt a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest in 2019

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!

Don’t forget to support the Friends of Tampa Bay NWR when you shop at AmazonSmile!

Give to TBNWR.

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 or 727-343-1272.

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.