Guardhouse Docents and Bird Stewards

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Bird Stewards Needed!

Egmont Key is a prime ecosystem that is important to birds and other wildlife.

1000's of birds nest on Egmont Key every year
1000’s of birds nest on Egmont Key every year

Black Skimmers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers, White Ibis, Brown Pelicans, Wilson’s Plovers, Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, Pelicans, Laughing Gulls and many more have nested on the Refuge islands and beaches. Beautiful wading birds grace the shoreline including the seldom seen white morph Reddish Egret.

Most people don’t know that our birds nest on the beaches. They are familiar that sea turtles nest, but not the birds. Interested beach visitors ask why we are sitting under an umbrellas with beach chairs and binoculars. Then they discover the roped off bird areas. As stewards, we help educate beach visitors about the beach nesting birds. We keep our eyes open for dogs on the beaches. Dogs can decimate a nesting colony in just a few minutes. We also keep alert for beach visitors who unknowingly wander into closed areas. Stewards do make a difference for a nesting colony. You can make a difference.

Interested in volunteering as a bird steward? We’d love to have you! Please email birdstewards@tampabay.rr.com with the subject line Egmont Key Bird Steward to let us know you are interested.

Egmont Key Guardhouse Docents

Join us as a docent at the Egmont Key Guardhouse. Meet Egmont Key visitors and share interesting facts about Egmont Key.

Without volunteers to staff the center, we are unable to open it and everyone loses out. You don’t need to be an “expert” on Egmont, its history, or its critters. The center includes a number of first class interpretive panels that provide the basic information that interests visitors. Free transportation to and from Egmont is provided by Hubbard’s Marina Egmont Key Ferry.

Egmont Key Guardhouse
Egmont Key Guardhouse

If you a new volunteer interested in working in the Guardhouse, please contact Pat Mundus @ docents@tampabayrefuges.org  or call 720-966-3660 to arrange for a training visit.