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.
Guardhouse Docent for the Egmont Key Education Center
Guardhouse Docents in the Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center are needed. Summer visitation will be starting very soon. 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!
Please consider spending a day as a bird steward or docent any weekend or holiday from Spring through Labor Day. We need more than a 6 volunteers per weekend to adequately cover our south county nesting sites. Three day holiday weekends require 18 volunteers! Training is provided on site. Educational information is at your fingertips during the day. Free transportation to Egmont Key are provided.
Egmont Bird Steward and Guardhouse Docent training
In preparation for the 2017 bird nesting season, training for Egmont Key bird stewards and guardhouse docents will be held on May 5.
Please plan to attend whether you are a returning volunteer or a new one. Instruction will given by Federal Wildlife Officer Ryan Maier. Joyce Galiardo, Bird Steward Coordinator and President Barb Howard will give information on logistics.
Lake Seminole Park is located at 10015 Park Blvd, Seminole which is between Starkey Rd and Seminole Blvd. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Contact Joyce Galiardo 727-460-0124. We hope to see you there.