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Guardhouse Education Center Docents and Bird Stewards

Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center Docents needed

With the government open for now, the Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center will open to the public. We need docents for weekends and the big spring break season (most of March), so sign up if you can and enjoy some time on the island!

Without volunteers to staff the center, we are unable to open it and everyone loses out. You don’t need to be an “expert” on Egmont, its history, or its critters. The center includes a number of first class interpretive panels that provide the basic information that interests visitors. Free transportation to and from Egmont is provided. And, just as importantly, restroom facilities are available to volunteers when needed!

 

Egmont Key Guardhouse

Egmont Key Guardhouse

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

https://doodle.com/poll/2yi9yviaqknqkitr Transportation to Egmont Key is provided.

If you have questions, feel free to email me @ docents@tampabayrefuges.org.

Pat Mundus

 


Bird Stewards are needed this Season

Egmont Key is a prime ecosystem that is important to birds and other wildlife. 

1000’s of birds nest on Egmont Key every year

Black Skimmers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers, White Ibis, Brown Pelicans, Wilson’s Plovers, Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, Pelicans, Laughing Gulls and many more have nested on the Refuge islands and beaches. Beautiful wading birds grace the shoreline including the seldom seen white morph Reddish Egret.  

Besides, Egmont Key, teeming with wildlife, it has an intriguing historical significance. Learn about becoming a Bird Steward or Guardhouse Docent.

Most people don’t know that our birds nest on the beaches. They are familiar that sea turtles nest, but not the birds. Interested beach visitors ask why we are sitting under an umbrellas with beach chairs and binoculars. Then they discover the roped off bird areas. As stewards, we help educate beach visitors about the beach nesting birds. We keep our eyes open for dogs on the beaches. Dogs can decimate a nesting colony in just a few minutes. We also keep alert for beach visitors who unknowingly wander into closed areas. Stewards do make a difference for a nesting colony. You can make a difference.

Email us at friends@tampabayrefuges.org and say “I want to be a bird steward.” We will add you to the list and contact you.