Programs and Education

Tampa Audubon Monthly Meetings

  • Tampa Audubon's Monthly General Meetings run from September through May the 1st Thursday of each month and are open to members and non-members alike. There is also an annual joint meeting held every July with the Suncoast Native Plant Society and Tampa Sierra Club. The location is announced as we get closer to July.
  • Meetings are held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office located at 5339 CR 579, Seffner, 33584 (1/2 mile south of exit 10 on I-4). Meetings are in the Conference Center, behind the main building. Enter through the black iron gate.

The General Meeting schedule is as follows:

  • 6pm - Photo Club meets: Bring some of your recent best photos to share with the group, or just come to enjoy the pictures. Bring photos on a flash drive.
  • 7pm - Potluck, Birdsightings, Announcements: Bring something to share if you can.
  • 7:30pm - Educational program begins

The 2018 Speakers List for General Meetings:

  • April 5 - Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet - Pelagic Birding off Florida's Coast
  • Black-capped Petrel, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Bulwer's Petrel, Manx Shearwater, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel – these are names that set a birder's heart racing in Florida. The pelagic birds are one of the last frontiers of our understanding of Florida's avifauna. These birds of the open ocean come from distant shores of the Arctic, or remote islands of the Caribbean and South America, or from the coast of Europe, northwest Africa, and even islands off Antarctica. These great travelers pass by our shores largely unseen. The difficulties of offshore access limit the numbers of observers, and this is compounded by the challenges of identification. Our knowledge is often limited to coastal observers getting a brief glimpse of a shearwater or storm-petrel. Systematic studies of Florida's oceanic birdlife are very few.

    Michael Brothers, Director of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, has been leading pelagic trips off the coast of Florida and Georgia for the last 12 years. This program will offer an introduction to this challenging group of birds as we continue to try to unravel the dynamics of the occurrence of these birds and their relationship to the oceanic environments.

  • May 3 - Photo Club - the Best and the Beautiful of 2017-18
  • July 18 - Joint Meeting with Sierra Club and Native Plant Society

ARC AT THE PARK

ARC - Audubon Resource Center

The Tampa Audubon Society, in cooperation with the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, has established the Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Regional County Park (ARC at the PARK) located at 6920 E. Flectcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33637. Roger Sheets is the Director at the center. The Resource Center was created to help foster a culture of conservation and an environmental ethic in the Tampa Bay region and to encourage community involvement in the Audubon mission. Check out the Nature Museum in the Visitor Center.

ARC at the Park:

  • Provides a variety of environmental education programs and field trips for all ages.
  • Displays wildlife native to the Hillsborough River watershed.
  • Assists park visitors with wildlife and plant identification.

Volunteer Training:

We are in urgent need of additional volunteers to staff the facility. Volunteers commit to one Saturday or Sunday afternoon per month, from 1-5 p.m. Training is simple and available. The only skills you need is a love for the environment and a willingness to share a friendly smile with the visiting public. These 4 hours you spend a month are hugely rewarding. Please visit the ARC or email Roger Sheets if you are interested. If you know anyone that would like to become an active ARC volunteer, please share this with them.