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Sacred Lands Tour and Hubbard’s Water Taxi of the Intercoastal from Jungle Prada to John’s Pass

Friends of Tampa Bay NWR enjoyed a tour at Sacred Lands with guides father Eric & son David. Then they boarded the Hubbard Water Taxi for a cruise to John’s Pass in Boca Ceiga Bay. They enjoyed a meal at JP’s Tavern.

Stay tuned for more fun events.




Help Wanted Volunteer opportunities

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.

Pinellas Refuge Bird Surveys

Sign up early, these fill fast!

  • July 24

To volunteer, contact Barb Howard at or call her at 727-343-1272.

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

Egmont Key Docents & Bird Stewards:

  • July – Labor Day – Docents needed for summer (in the AC) at the Egmont Key Guardhouse – watch email for doodle poll to sign up or call Barb 727 512-4914 if you have dates in mind to pre-book.
  • July – Labor Day – Bird Stewards needed for summer weekends and holidays
  • Sign up here!
  • Or email  Training 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.

 Field Trips Teasers:

  • Oct. or Nov. 2018  (To be determined): St. Marks Monarch Festival
  • Jan. or Feb. 2019 (To be determined): Fakahatchee Strand & Everglades

Ales & Wild Tails educational programs 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 pm – 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg in the courtyard at the Ale & the Witch.  No reservation needed.  Location or dates may change for July & August so watch for emails.

Pinellas Repairs, Cleanups & exotic control: To be determined, watch emails to sign up

To volunteer email or contact Barb 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