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.

 

 

If you would like to register a group larger than five volunteers, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Arndt, directly in lieu of registering through the online system. Thank you!

 

 

Join the National Estuaries Day Cleanup

Saturday, September 24

9 am - Noon

 

In honor of National Estuaries Day, Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for a cleanup of several sites in Tampa Bay on Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This event is in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful & Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. It is family friendly and open to all ages! The majority of volunteers are needed on land, but volunteers are welcome to bring their canoe or kayak to join in the water-based cleanup at most sites.

 

National Estuaries Day is the nation’s largest volunteer event for estuaries in our country. It is an annual celebration of the vibrant and essential 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.

 

Learn more about the importance of removing marine debris.

 

Click on a site below to register today!

Fort De Soto Park, Tampa Bay Watch, Skyway Fishing Pier, Coffee Pot Bayou, Weedon Island, or Palonis Park in Tampa

 

Boaters Needed for Bird Nesting Island Cleanup

Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, October 2

 

The 23rd Annual Monofilament Cleanup, sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon  Florida supported by Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, will take place throughout the week of Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, October 2. We are recruiting volunteers with boats to remove tangled fishing line from mangroves and shorelines of Tampa Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands. Read more about the dangers of improperly discarded monofilament fishing line.

 

Click here to read more about the event and to register today!

 

McKay Bay Oyster Shell Bar Project

Thursday, September 29 and Saturday, October 1

9 am - Noon

 

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster shell bars at McKay Bay. The project involves shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat 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, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old. The project location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, FL 33605. (We already have a group committed to complete the project on Friday, September 30).

 

Learn more about our oyster shell bar restoration efforts.

 

Click on date below to volunteer!

 

Thursday, September 29 or Saturday, October 1.

 

 

Build an Oyster Shell Bar at Fantasy Island

Thursday, October 13

or Friday, October 14

9 am - Noon

 

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Fantasy Island. The project involves shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat 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, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old.

 

The meeting location is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect.

 

Learn more about our oyster shell bar restoration efforts.

 

Click one of the dates below to register:

Thursday, October 13 | Friday, October 14

 

 

Oyster Dome Installation at Fantasy Island

October 25-28

9 am - Noon each day

 

This is a very heavy project since oyster domes weigh over 150 pounds each. Installation will involve unloading the domes from a trailer to a barge. We'll have a crane to unload the domes from the barge to be placed on the shoreline, but we may need help moving the domes in the water.

 

The meeting location is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578.

 

Learn more about the oyster dome program here.

 

 

Click on date to register to volunteer.

 

Tuesday, October 25

Wednesday, October 26

Thursday, October 27

Friday, October 28

 

 

Native Planting at Fantasy Island

October 27-28

9 am - Noon each day

 

We will work to plant native species of grasses along the shoreline of the island to complement the installed oyster domes and shell bar. This comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan will slow erosion and provide invaluable habitat and food source for wildlife.

 

The meeting location is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578.

 

Click on date to register to volunteer.

 

Thursday, October 27

Friday, October 28

 

 

 

Build Oyster Domes at Tampa Bay Watch

Weekday mornings in September and October

9 am - Noon

 

We are 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 on specified weekday mornings 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 fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured.

 

Oysters need to attach to a hard structure to grow into adults and the rough texture of the domes makes it easier for oysters to grow. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem. Learn more about the oyster dome program here.

 

Click on project date to register to volunteer:

 

Monday, Sept 26

Monday, Oct 3

Wednesday, Oct 5

Friday, Oct 7

Monday, Oct 10

Wednesday, Oct 19

Friday, Oct 21

 

Be the Face of Tampa Bay Watch!

 

Tampa Bay Watch regularly seeks outreach volunteers to represent our organization at community events such as MarineQuest and Ribfest. As an outreach volunteer, you'll talk to people who come up to our display to find out more about our mission, our restoration projects, youth education, and volunteer and membership opportunities.

 

Click here to contact us if you'd like to become an outreach volunteer!

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