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Upcoming Events and 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.

4 days – 21 Field trips, 42 Seminars and a Nature Expo


   Egmont Key (Sun-T4)

   LEADERS:   Joyce KleenBarb & Dave Howard

Join the Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuge for a special boat cruise to Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge/State Park in Pinellas County. Established in 1974 to protect migratory birds, the island is situated at the mouth of Tampa Bay and is also the site of historic Fort Dade. Three hundred soldiers served at the fort from 1898-1923 and the restored guardhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighthouse, built in 1858, is still used for navigation. A key migratory bird fall-out site in fall migration, the island hosts a large seabird and pelican colony during the spring nesting season. We expect to see warblers, other songbirds, raptors, gulls, terns, and other seabirds.

 Limited to 45 participants   8:30 am – Noon –  Tickets are $50 (Festival registration required)

Other Educational and Fun Events

  • Oct 20 – Marine Quest in St. Petersburg – A chance to see some amazing educational displays and a yearly glance to see the inner workings of FWRI.

  • Nov 3 & 4 – Discover the Island at Egmont Key

  • Dec 8 – Holiday Hoopla in Gulfport

Tampa Bay Refuges at Shark Con in Tampa on July 14 & 15


Look at one of the toys on display at this year’s event.

Shark Con 2018 – July 14 & 15 was again phenomenal.  We had at least 1700 people stop by our booth over the two day festival (at least half of those visitors were children).  We purchased a 10 x 20 space that was perfect.  We need to have at least 4 people at the booth at all times with that volume of people to talk to.  We will sign up for Shark Con 2019 as soon as registration opens up.  Gift shop sales more than cover the $100 cost of the event.  Shark Con and MarineQuest are our biggest outreach events.

 – Barb Howard



Pinellas Refuge Bird Surveys

Sign up early, these fill fast!

  • September 6
  • October 20
  • November 19

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:

  • August – 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.
  • August – 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