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Ales and Tails October 10th Talk rescheduled to Oct. 17th

Speaker: Dr. Gabe Vargo talks about Red Tide

Due to weather conditions the October 10th presenation has been rescheduled for October 17. 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!

We’ll be in the plaza, and this month’s event will feature a presentation by red tide scientist Dr. Gabe Vargo. Gabe will provide an overview of our local red tide organism, Karenia brevis, including a summary of bloom characteristics, human and wildlife impacts, toxins and their fates, nutrient sources and bloom requirements, and the question of the use of clays and/or ozone as control mechanisms.

This event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious (check out the Ale and the Witch’s website: http://thealeandthewitch.com/).

It starts at 6 pm at the Ale and the Witch courtyard, 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL. See map below.

 

 


Weedon Island Adventure

October 18, 2018, Thursday, 9 am – noon

Join Friends as we tour Weedon Island, a Pinellas County Preserve, right in our own backyard.  We plan to meet at Weedon Island Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m.  We will explore the boardwalk through the mangroves, the tower, and check out the visitor center displays and wonderful ancient Native American canoe.

We can meet up for lunch afterwards at nearby Crab Shack Restaurant on Gandy Blvd, St Pete.

Trip fee $8 members and  $23  for non-Friends members including membership)

Hope you can join us, please rsvp to this email.Questions, contact Barb Howard 727 512-4914


Check out how Teddy Roosevelt had a big influence on the US Fish and Wildlife refuges.  Read all about it in the Summer issue.

thumbnail of 2018 Summer Newsletter

Summer issue

 


Check out Friends Upcoming events

Take a fun field trip with Friends or volunteer as a Egmont Key Bird Steward or Docent summer. Click on the link above or below for more information.


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
MyFWC.com/conservation

Email: Coastal@MyFWC.com
Phone: (386) 754-1668

 


Adopt a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest in 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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Give to TBNWR.

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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.


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.

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REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.