VOLUNTEERING AT TAMPA BAY WATCH
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Tampa Bay Watch! They accomplish restoration and protection activities we could never afford hired staff to complete. Youth and adult volunteers are involved each year in a variety of hands-on habitat restoration projects such as oyster dome construction, oyster shell bar installation, salt marsh plantings and coastal cleanups to help the bay recover from its devastating environmental problems. Volunteers of all ages participate in our projects. Our coastal cleanups and salt marsh plantings are family-friendly and open to all ages. If you would like to be kept informed of our numerous volunteer opportunities, complete our online registration so you will receive our weekly email message which advertises our upcoming environmental restoration projects.
Contact Rachel Arndt, communications coordinator, with questions about any of these upcoming events! Call 727-867-8166, extension 233, or Click here to Email Rachel.
Estuaries Week Cleanup
Saturday, September 22
9am - Noon
In honor of National Estuaries Week, Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for a cleanup of four sites (Skyway, Little Bayou Preserve, Bartlett Park, and Tampa Bay Watch) on Saturday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Additionally, we are partnering up with the Ocean Conservancy for their International Coastal Cleanup, in hopes of compiling debris data and joining hands to think globally, but act locally.
A big thank you to our funders, SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. We are also grateful for our continued partnership with the City of St. Petersburg and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Please click on your preferred site below to register as a volunteer:
Oyster Shell Bar Project to Restore McKay Bay
October 4, 5, and 6 from 9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of McKay Bay on Thursday, October 4 from 9am - noon. The project location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, FL 33605.
Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each, so the minimum age to participate is 15 years old.
The goal is to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. Click here to learn more about oyster shell restoration.
Click on a date below to register!
25th Annual Fishing Line Cleanup
Saturday, October 6 through Sunday, October 14
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Audubon Florida, is mainly recruiting volunteers with shallow-draft boats, and we have limited space for kayaks/canoes/SUPs to independently remove tangled fishing line from mangroves and shorelines of Tampa Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands.
Boaters are encouraged to independently clean their assigned island anytime throughout the week of Saturday, October 6 - Sunday, October 14.
You will be emailed a packet with assigned cleanup locations, equipment and data sheets one week prior to the event. Additionally, volunteers are instructed on how to free entangled live birds they may encounter during the cleanup and/or where to transport any injured birds.
Thank you to Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund for sponsoring this important event.
Oyster Dome Construction
October (dates below), 9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place from 9 am until noon.
The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old. The project involves pouring marine friendly concrete into a fiberglass mold containing a large round buoy surrounded by smaller rubber balls, creating the holes in the oyster domes. Microsilica is mixed with the concrete to balance the pH so oysters are attracted to the domes.
This project is physically demanding in requiring bending, crouching, and some heavy lifting. It’s a dirty job, but it’ll make a difference for Tampa Bay!
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Black Skimmer Nesting Guardians Needed
Dates and times vary
Audubon Florida is seeking volunteers to steward colonies of nesting Black Skimmers and help educate the public. Black Skimmers are nesting on St. Pete Beach & Fort De Soto Park and they need your help! There are approximately 450 adults and 115 active nests on St. Pete Beach alone. The skimmers make nests and raise their young on the sand in large colonies.
If you are interested in becoming a bird steward or learning more about how you can help, please click contact Kealy McNeal at (319) 929-0933 or email@example.com.
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