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May 10 at the Ale and Witch

The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges are pleased to invite you to “Ales and Wild Tails,” a night of environmental education, conversation and good beer on May 10 at The Ale and the Witch in St. Pete.

We’re in the plaza and will feature a presentation by Emma Mason, Volunteer Environmental Educator at Weedon Island Preserve and Education Chair for Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges. If you haven’t been there, Weedon Island Preserve is located along the shores of Old Tampa Bay. It’s a rich mosaic of mangrove swamps, mudflats, pine flatwoods and oak hammocks, providing rich habitat for wading birds and other wildlife. It’s also a fascinating place to see and learn about the role of both prehistoric and historic cultures in shaping the land.

The event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious — so bring your friends.

What: “Ales and Wild Tails,” this month featuring Weedon Island Preserve’s Emma Mason
When: Wednesday, May 10, 6-7 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For more details see the Facebook event page . 
Mark your calendar — “Ales and Wild Tails” happens the second Wednesday of every month.

Egmont Key Bird Sanctuary Boat Tour

Saturday June 17, 2017 from 5-8 pm

Thousands of birds nest on Egmont Key annually.

Reservations and prepayment required.

Join us for our fifth annual tour of the Egmont Key Bird Sanctuary with a stop at the Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center, Ft Dade ruins, Lighthouse, and hopefully a Black Skimmer colony.  The Egmont Key Ferry will take us around the south tip of Egmont Key to see the areas where 40,000+ pairs of birds are nesting.  (These areas are not accessible by foot and only seen by visitors with boats).  The chicks from our Laughing gulls, Royal terns, & Sandwich terns should be out on the beaches exploring. It is quite the spectacle.   Brown Pelicans, White ibis, and American Oystercatchers have also been nesting on Egmont.  We will be leaving from the Bay Pier at Ft DeSoto at 5pm sharp so arrive early to get checked in.   

Space is limited and this event sells out quickly.  

Send your request for reservation to   When you receive a confirmation email you can send your payment.

Mail: FTBNWR, PO Box 40782, St Petersburg, FL 33743-0782 or

Credit card or Paypal: click the donation tab in the left hand column, when you see the yellow donate buttons, click the second yellow button to get a screen that you can enter the amount, click to process payment via credit card or Paypal. 

Your space will be secure based on first come first served basis AND receipt of payment. You will receive a confirmation email for your payment. 


Members of Friends of the Tampa Bay NWR $25 each

Guests or non-members $40 each.  You will receive a 1 yr individual membership. 

Family of 2 guests or non-members $75.  You will receive a 1 year family membership. Additional family members add $25 ea.

Make checks payable to Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, PO Box 40782, St Petersburg, FL 33743-0782.  Payment must be received by Saturday June 10

Questions: call Barb Howard at 727 343-1272 or 727 512-4914 or email


Other Events:

  • Volunteer opportunities:

Spring and summer events:

Project Free 3rd Saturday Art Walk evenings and Tuesday markets – anytime
SharkCon – July 8 & 9, 2017 at the Florida Fairgrounds in Tampa – need volunteers
Gecko Fest in Gulfport – September 2, 2017

Fall events:

Crescent Lake Festival
MarineQuest – FWRI
Discover the Island – Egmont Key
Holiday Hoopla – Gulfport

  • Pinellas Bird Surveys:

May 9, Tuesday

Watch your emails for upcoming field trips and the Annual Egmont Key Boat Tour of the nesting birds (tentative date mid to late June)

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. 

On Going Fund Raisers

Additional Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Pinellas Refuge Cleanups: To be announced.
  • Help Friends raise money by using the search engine  When the site asks “Who do you search for?”,  type Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges and click Verify. The site should respond with Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, St Petersburg, FL. For each search you make through Goodsearch, 1 cent is credited to Friends.  If you shop online, follow the shop link at Goodsearch to your favorite stores and a portion of your purchase price will be donated to Friends. Help support this painless and easy way to raise funds for us!
  • You can purchase high quality re-manufactured ink cartridges at our link Friends receive a 15% donation from you purchase.  We also raise funds by collecting and recycling ink cartridges. They can be brought to any meeting or event.
  • Shop at put Friends of Tampa Bay NWR in the company spot on your order form and Friends will receive a donation – shop now, this is for a limited time.

Board Meetings

Board/planning meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at the Panera Bread, 10801 Starkey Road, Largo.  Join us at 6 p.m. to socialize and have a bite to eat, the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. If you would like to participate please send an email to