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Bird Stewards and Guardhouse Docents

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

1000s 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.

Bird Stewards

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.


Guardhouse Docent for the Egmont Key Education Center

Egmont Key Guardhouse

Egmont Key Guardhouse

Guardhouse Docents in the Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center are needed. Summer visitation is ongoing. This is a great opportunity to educate the island’s visitors about our very special refuge.

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!

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.