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!

 

 

McKay Bay Oyster Project

 

We are recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of McKay Bay on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 from 9am - noon on each day. (Click on a date below to register for the project.) 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. Learn more about oyster shell bars here.

 

Click on a date below to register for this project:

Thursday, May 19 | Friday, May 20

 

Build Oyster Domes with Us!

 

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 oyster domes here.

 

Click on a date below to register for this project:

Friday, May 13 | Wednesday, May 18

 

Volunteer for a Native Planting at Feather Sound

Friday, June 10 from 9am - Noon

 

Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with The Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Pinellas County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District is recruiting volunteers to plant native coastal upland plants including seashore paspalum and patens to restore Feather Sound.

 

The goal of the project is to restore more than 30 acres of marsh and mangrove wetlands in the area along Feather Sound Drive, including around the borrow pit and near Ulmerton Road. Invasive, exotic vegetation such as Brazilian pepper has been removed, now native coastal upland plants will be planted that will provide habitat for wildlife and help clean runoff before it enters the bay.

 

The meeting location will be Earl R. Maize Recreation Area, 2051 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater, FL 33762.

 

Click here to volunteer for the planting!

 

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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