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2019 Volunteer, Educational Events, Talks and Field Trips

For details on any of the activities listed below, see the Summer issue of the Friends newsletter.

  • October 24-27 – St Marks NWR Monarch Butterfly Festival, Wakulla Springs State Park, and more.

Booth Events

Help set up, take down or staff the Friends booth. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. If you are interested in helping out, contact Barb Howard at friends@tampabayrefuges.org

  • July 13-14 – Shark Con at the Tampa Fairgrounds (indoor)
  • October 18-19 – Florida Birding and Nature Festival, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
  • October 19 – Marine Quest, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St Petersburg
  • December 7 (Sat): Holiday Hoopla, Gulfport

Bird Surveys Help Needed

Pinellas Refuge Bird Surveys

Sign up early, these fill fast!

  • July 16 (Tues.)

  • August 14, (Wed.)

  • September 11 (Wed.)

To volunteer, contact Dave Howard at TampaBayRefuges@msn.com or call Barb at 727-343-1272.

Friends has volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Please check out the upcoming events and dates and let us know if you’d like to help. No experience needed, we will train you if you are new to one of our volunteer activities.


Volunteer Opportunities: Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center Docents and Bird Stewards

Egmont Key Docents 

  • From weekends from May to September, docents needed (in the AC) at the Egmont Key Guardhouse.  If you have questions, or want to join us, feel free to email Pat Mundus @ docents@tampabayrefuges.org.  

Bird Stewards:

  • June – Labor Day – Bird Stewards needed for summer weekends and holidays

  • Sign up here!

  • Or email us @ TampaBayRefuges@msn.com. Training is 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.


Pinellas Repairs, Cleanups & Exotic control

To be determined, watch emails to sign up. To volunteer email TampaBayRefuges@msn.com 


On Going Fund Raisers

  • Help Friends raise money by using the search engine www.Goodsearch.com.  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 www.planetgreenrecycle.com/friendsoftampa 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 www.sensingnature.com 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 Brooklyn South, 1437 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. (map) 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 friends@tampabayrefuges.org.