Our mission is to promote conservation, awareness, and appreciation of the National Wildlife Refuges and assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with their mission and programs for those refuges.  We accomplish this through outreach, education, advocacy, and volunteering to protect the nesting and resting sea and shorebirds and other wildlife on the refuges as well as protecting the habitat they need to thrive.

Hundreds of individuals and families have joined our active Friends group. We share a common belief that our natural lands, fish, and wildlife must be protected. Since Pinellas County is the most densely populated county in Florida, we are especially fortunate to have the Tampa Bay Refuges within a short boat ride of our southern shore. Our Refuges fall within the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge complex We work closely with the Friends of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.

We are governed by an 9 member Board of Directors which meets monthly. During the first quarter of each year we hold an annual meeting during which we review the previous year, discuss the coming year plans, and hear from experts on various aspects of habitat and wildlife management.

As Friends we:

  • Encourage membership through opportunities that support the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Tampa Bay Refuges.
  • Raise money to fund conservation, preservation, and educational projects in support of the Tampa Bay Refuges and the National Refuge System.
  • Sponsor periodic Refuge clean-ups of exotic plants, debris, and mono-filament which damages the wildlife and habitats.
  • Offer public educational programs on conservation and preservation topics, the Tampa Bay Refuges, and the National Refuge System.
  • As volunteer docents, we welcome island visitors to view the Egmont Key Guardhouse.
  • Help Fish & Wildlife service by organizing volunteer bird stewards for Egmont Key beaches
  • Survey nesting and resting birds at the Pinellas Refuges each month to measure changes in population and evaluate effectivness of conservation programs.

Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, Inc
PO Box 40782
St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0782


Make a difference in your own backyard!