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2019-20 Volunteer, Talks and Field Trips

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

Oyster Dome Construction for Little Bird Key Restoration

We have tentatively scheduled Dec 12 & 13 for Oyster Dome Installation at Little Bird Key, one of the Pinellas NWR islands.  Friends has worked hard to get all the funds in place for this important project to stop the erosion of this important nesting island.
Please email Patrick Mundus if you can help at

Construction, done at Tampa Bay Watch, occurs multiple days per month.  Contact Pat Mundus at or 720-966-3660 for upcoming dates. Watch the Tampa Bay Watch Dome construction video or view photos

Volunteer 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

  • December 6, Friday evening: Gulfport Art Walk
  • December 21, Saturday all day: Gulfport Art Walk full day event

Field Trip to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

Join Friends members at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. 1828 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores – parking available on site on Thursday January 16, 2020 at 10am
Limited to 20 participants
Join Friends for a tour of the facility and a hands-on pelican rescue demonstration – learn to rescue pelicans from fishing line entanglement.

Email to sign up.

Trip fee is $16 with the majority of this being donated to the sanctuary. You can send your trip fee through, use the donate button or mail to FTBNWR, PO Box 40782, St Petersburg, FL 33743-0782.

Bird Surveys Help Needed around the Pinellas Refuge Bird Surveys

Sign up early, these fill fast!

  • December 19 (tentative)

To volunteer, contact Dave Howard at 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 Docents and Bird Stewards

Egmont Key Docents 

  • Docents needed any weekend, plus Thanksgiving weekend, and Christmas Break at the Egmont Key Guardhouse. If you would like to be a docent email or call Pat Mundus 720-966-3660.  

Pinellas Repairs, Cleanups & Exotic control

To be determined, watch emails to sign up. To volunteer email 

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