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Ales & Wild Tails Educational programs 2nd Wednesday of the month

Ales and Wild Tails Talk: Communities that Save Cobras

Please join us on March 14 as the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges team up with The Ale and the Witch to bring you environmental education, conversation and beer!

Michael Starkey from Save The Snakes will feature this month’s event. Michael will speak about how communities around the world are working to protect snakes from threats ranging from habitat destruction to human persecution. He will also dispel myths that surround snakes and explain how we can all learn to live with—and even love—these amazing and often imperiled animals.

Please join us and bring your friends at Ale and the Witch located at 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

  • 6 to 7 pm
  • No reservation needed. Visit our FB page to learn about this month’s program.

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: 


2018 Festivals: morning, afternoon, or all day shifts – Help needed!!!

  • Mar 24: GreenFest, Indian Rocks Beach

  • Apr 21: St Pete Earth Day, Williams Park

  • July 7 & 8: Shark Con, Tampa Fair Grounds

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

Pinellas Refuge Bird Surveys

  • Mar 26, Monday
  • Apr 28 Saturday

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

Volunteer Opportunities: Docents Egmont Key Guardhouse Education Center:

Docents needed over Spring Break season – March 10-April 1.  Doodle poll link.

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 Trip: March 17 to Felts Audubon Preserve, Manatee County. 

This day trip is limited to 20 people and cost $12 each plus membership if not a member.  Time tbd, car pool from south St Pete.

Pinellas Repairs, Cleanups & exotic control: 3 spots left for Jan 31 sign repair & mini cleanup on Pinellas Refuges

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