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February 14 talk – Ales and Wild Tails: Wildlife Refuges-America’s Best Kept Secret

Dave Howard of Friends of Tampa Bay Refuges presents an overview of the National Wildlife Refuge System and our three local Refuges in Tampa Bay: Egmont Key, Passage Key, and the Pinellas NWR.

When: From 6-7 pm

Location: 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg in the Ale & the Witch courtyard

Ales & Wild Tails Educational programs are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

Annual Membership Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Event

When: Sunday, February 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Where: Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street North, St Petersburg, FL (Map)

Join us for a short business meeting, presentation, silent auction, and light supper. 

According to the Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, Inc. By-laws, members are hereby notified of the organization’s annual meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

  • Supper will follow the meeting and presentation.  Please bring your own non-disposable plates, silverware, and cups.
  • Silent auction:  If you have services or new or gently used nature related items that you think others might enjoy and you wish to donate them, please bring them to the meeting. 
  • RSVP to Barbara Howard at  or 727 343-1272 by Feb 14, 2017.  Friends and family are welcome.

Directions: Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street North, St Petersburg: From I-275 exit east on I-375.  When the interstate ends turn south at the stop light on 5th Street North.  Location will be on the northwest corner of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue.
Or just use Google Maps.

Volunteer Opportunities: Docents Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center:

Docents needed over Spring Break season – March 10-April 1.  Doodle poll link. See below.

or email  Training provided if you haven’t done this before.  Docent transportation to Egmont compliments of Hubbard’s Marina at no charge from Fort DeSoto.  Hours at Guardhouse approx 10:45 – 2:15 on the 10am ferry.  Reservation for your trip will be made by Docent Coordinator.

2017 Festivals: morning, afternoon, or all day shifts – Help needed!!!

  • Feb 3: Raptor Fest, Boyd Hill 

  • Mar 24: GreenFest, Indian Rocks Beach

  • Apr 21: St Pete Earth Day, Williams Park

  • July 7 & 8: Shark Con, Tampa Fair Grounds

Pinellas Bird Surveys

  •  Feb 28Wednesday

  • Mar 26Monday

  • Apr 28, Saturday

Field Trip: March 17 to Felts Audubon Preserve, Manatee County

This day trip is limited to 20 people and cost $12 each plus membership if not a member.  Time tbd, car pool from south St Pete.

Pinellas Repairs, Cleanups & exotic control: 3 spots left for Jan 31 sign repair & mini cleanup on Pinellas Refuges

To volunteer email or contact Barb 727-343-1272.


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 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.