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.storm drain marking event
Please help protect our local waters by marking storm drains!
Saturday, September 20: 9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, is recruiting volunteers to mark storm drains around Waterworks Park near downtown Tampa on Saturday, September 20 from 9am - 12 noon.
Our local storm drains are a gateway to Tampa Bay—in other words, anything that enters the storm drains ends up in our bay. These storm drain markers will act as an educational tool for the public as well as a reminder for local residents that only rain should go down the drain!
This project is funded by Zephyrhills #FLfavorites social media campaign. This campaign donates $1 to projects helping to protect the Hillsborough River watershed and Tampa Bay when you post what you love about Florida on the Zephyrhills facebook page or on your own twitter account with the hash tag label "#FLFavorites."
You have until September 30 to go to their page and share your FL Favorites by clicking here (don't forget to include #FLFavorites in your post)!
Click here to volunteer for this event. 50 volunteers are needed!
national estuaries day events:
Island Monofilament Cleanup
Saturday, September 27 through Sunday, October 5
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Audubon Florida, is recruiting shallow-draft volunteer boaters and kayakers to clean Tampa Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands and shorelines. This effort is intended to reduce the threat of entanglement of marine animals as part of the 21st Annual Monofilament Cleanup in conjunction with National Estuaries Day. Participants will be assigned a specific island to clean up and may do so on their own at anytime throughout the one week period from Saturday, September 27 through Sunday, October 5.
To read more about the importance of monofilament cleanups in our bay, click here.
• Shallow-draft boaters, click here to register for this special cleanup
• Kayaker spaces are now full!
Email Melinda Spall or call (727) 867-8166 x243 with questions about this project.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9 AM - Noon
Celebrate National Estuaries Day with Tampa Bay Watch by volunteering for a land- and sea-based cleanup of our local coastlines on Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own kayak or canoe to participate in the water-based cleanup at one of four locations: Fort De Soto, Tierra Verde, Sunshine Skyway, or Neal Preserve.
National Estuaries Day is the annual celebration of the vibrant and diverse coastal areas where rivers meet the sea. Held on the last Saturday of September each year, National Estuaries Day is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend a day on your local bay.
Click on the links below to register for one our cleanups:
**At the Sunshine Skyway location, we will have a smaller team of 25 volunteers specifically working on the fishing piers to collect monofilament debris from our monotubes. The monofilament that is collected will then be recycled. To learn more about our monofilament recycling programs, click here.
Email Annie Dowling or call (727) 867-8166 x233 with questions about this project.
epic salt marsh planting event
Saturday, November 22: 9 am - Noon
We need your help protect our local coastline and waters by planting salt marsh!
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Southwest Florida Water Management District, is recruiting 400 volunteers to help plant 40,000 salt marsh plugs as part of a restoration effort at Rock Ponds near Ruskin on Saturday, November 22 from 9am - 12 noon.
The planting of salt marsh protects and stabilizes low-lying coastal lands and provies protection and food sources for estuarine and coastal fishery food chains of many species of fish and marine mammals. Salt marsh and other coastal habitat populations have declined more than 80% in the past 100 yeares due mostly to dredging, construction, and waste water discharges. This loss has damaged a crucial link in the bay's food chain for fish and wildlife resources, significantly impacting the bay's fisheries. This is your chance to get come out with your community and help protect, restore, and conserve our precious coastal habitats. The planting will spread knowledge about ecological stewardship as well as stabilize the local shoreline and provide habitat for local creatures.
Click here to volunteer for this event. 400 volunteers are needed, so pass the word on to everyone you can!