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2019 Educational Events, Talks and Field Trips

The Friends of the Crystal River National NWR Complex and the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges Invite you to a Special Field Trip to the Tampa Bay History Museum Field Trip

A History of Conservation: The Bird’s Eye View – Jan. 26, 2019

The special exhibit, created by Audubon’s Coastal Island Sanctuaries and many collaboration organizations and agencies, is “A History of Conservation: The Bird’s Eye View”.  We will eat lunch at the Colombia Restaurant in the History Center.  This is a wonderful exhibit not to be missed.  Friends of Tampa Bay NWR will be joined by Friends of Crystal River NWR for this trip.  Great opportunity to get acquainted the folks in the northern part of our refuge complex. 

801 Old Water Street in Tampa’s Channel District

$15/person.  Participation limited to 30.  Reservations requiredRSVP by  Jan. 24 for the Jan. 26 trip.

Contact to make your reservation.

Questions? call Ann Paul 813/623-6826 or 813/624-3149

Trip fee $15 includes entry to the History Center. (Non-Friends members trip fee $30, includes membership).

Annual Meeting and Member & Volunteer Appreciation Event

 Feb. 2 at 2pm at the Sunshine Center, St. Petersburg.

Join us for this great afternoon visiting with Friends members for a short business meeting, presentation, silent auction, and light supper. 

  • Supper will follow the meeting and presentation.  Please bring your own non-disposable plates, silverware, and cups.
  • Silent auction:  If you have services or new or gently used nature related items that you think others might enjoy and you wish to donate them, please bring them to the meeting.   
  • RSVP to Barbara Howard at  or 727 343-1272 by Feb 2, 2019.  Friends and family are welcome.

According to the By-laws of the Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, Inc, members are hereby notified of the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street North, St Petersburg, FL. 

Directions: Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street North, St Petersburg: From I-275 exit east on I-375.  When the interstate ends turn south at the stop light on 5th Street North.  Location is on the northwest corner of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue.ild Tales Speakers


February 13: Ales and Wild Tales: Native Landscaping with Bruce Turley of Wilcox Nursery 

Owner of Wilcox Nursery since 1951,  Bruce will discuss the advantage of native plants in your landscape. Bruce has been an active contributor to his local Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society as well as many other Pinellas civic and green groups. He regularly gives educational programs on native plants and their use in ecological landscape design.


More Educational and Fun Events

Fakahatchee Swamp Walk – Feb. 21-24, 2019

Ten Thousand Islands NWR boat trip, and Everglades tram tour.  This event is full but if you are interested, please let me know and I’ll put you on the waiting list.  Also let me know if you are interested but don’t want to take the swamp walk.

Help Wanted Volunteer opportunities

Pinellas Refuge Bird Surveys

Sign up early, these fill fast!

  • January 16

  • February 17

  • March 18

  • April 12

To volunteer, contact Barb 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 Education Center Docents and Bird Stewards

Egmont Key Docents & Bird Stewards:

  • Holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

  • 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.

  • Aug. – 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.

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