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2019 Educational Events, Volunteer, Talks and Field Trips

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

  • October 24-27 – St Marks NWR Monarch Butterfly Festival, Wakulla Springs State Park, for the Butterfly & Stone Crab Festivals (waiting list)
  • October 9, 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 will return.  No reservation needed. 

Oyster Dome Construction for Little Bird Key Restoration

Construction, done at Tampa Bay Watch, occurs multiple days per month.  Contact Pat Mundus at mundus.p@gmail.com or 720-966-3660 for upcoming dates.


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 friends@tampabayrefuges.org

  • October 18-19 – Florida Birding and Nature Festival, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
  • October 19 – Marine Quest, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St Petersburg
  • November 1, Friday evening: Gulfport Art Walk
  • November 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday: Discover the Island, Egmont Key NWR
  • November 16, Saturday evening: Gulfport Art Walk
  • December 6, Friday evening: Gulfport Art Walk
  • December 21, Saturday all day: Gulfport Art Walk full day event

Bird Surveys Help Needed around the Pinellas Refuge Bird Surveys

Sign up early, these fill fast!

  • September 12
  • October 13
  • November 14
  • December 19 (tentative)

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 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 docent@tampabayrefuges.org or call Pat Mundus 720-966-3660.  


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.