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Ales and Wild Tails have returned at the Ale and the Witch courtyard.

Sawgrass Flight ClaytonOctober’s 10th talk features St. Petersburg Audubon’s Dr. Gabe Vargo Raptors on the Move.

Have a beverage and discover the goal of this ground-breaking program is to bring the world of raptor movements and migration directly into primary school classrooms.  Hosted by Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges and Center for Biological Diversity.

Date: October 10, Time: 6 pm Place: 111 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (map)


Nov. 14: Climate Change, David Hastings, Eckerd College 

Dec. 12:  The Big Turtle Year, George Heinrich, Heinrich Ecological  Services

 GLH holding an eastern indigo snake ( Drymarchon couperi ) at the Central Florida Zoo's Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (photograph by Timothy J. Walsh) 

Other Events:

Help wanted Volunteer opportunities:

Friends has volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Email us if interested
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:
Pinellas Refuge bird surveys:
  • October 18, Wed.
  • Reply to sign up, the boat fills up fast!
  • October 12 & 13 – Florida Birding and Nature Festival, Ruskin
  • October 20 – MarineQuest, St Pete
  • November 3 & 4 – Discover the Island, Egmont Key
  • December 9 – Holiday Hoopla, Gulfport
  • Reply to this email to sign up – note day and if you want morning, afternoon, or all day shifts. 
There will be Pinellas Refuge (difficult climbing through mangrove roots) and Egmont (easy on the beach) Cleanups this fall, dates not yet determined. Watch your email, FB, Twitter or the newsletter for the announcement. 
Docents in the Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center:
Weekends and holidays through Labor Day (also Christmas and Spring breaks) Sign up on the doodle poll or call Barb Howard 727 512-4914 to schedule. 
Transportation on the ferry is free for the Guardhouse docents.  We have lots of open dates still available.

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

  • 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 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