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.
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.