Egmont Key Bird Sanctuary Boat Tour with Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges

Sat. June 18th, 5-8pm

Sandwich-TernReservations and prepayment required.

Join us for our 4th annual tour of the Egmont Key Bird Sanctuary with a stop at the Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center, Ft Dade ruins, Lighthouse, and hopefully the Black Skimmer colony.

The Egmont Key Ferry will navigate around the south tip of Egmont Key to view the areas where 40,000+ pairs of birds are nesting. (These areas are not accessible by foot and only seen by visitors with boats). The chicks from our Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns, and Sandwich Terns should be exploring the shoreline. It is quite the spectacle. Brown Pelicans, White ibis, and American Oystercatchers have also been nesting on Egmont. We will be leaving from the Bay Pier at Ft De Soto at 5 pm sharp so arrive early to get checked in.

Space is limited and this event sells out quickly.

Send your request for reservation to Friends@TampaBayRefuges.org. When you receive a confirmation email, you can send your payment.

FTBNWR, PO Box 40782, St Petersburg, FL 33743-0782 or

Paypal – www.tampabayrefuges.org click the donation tab in the left hand column, when you see the yellow donate buttons, click the second yellow button to get a screen that you can enter the amount.

Your space will be secure based on first come first served basis AND receipt of payment. You will receive a confirmation email for your payment.


Friends of the Tampa Bay NWR members $25 each

Guests or non-members $40 each. You will receive a 1 yr individual membership.

Family of 2 guests or non-members $75. You will receive a 1 year family membership.


Make checks payable to:

Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges,

PO Box 40782, St Petersburg, FL 33743-0782.

Payment must be received by Saturday June 11. Questions: call Barb Howard at 727 343-1272 or 727 512-4914

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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.