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 Speakers List for General Meetings, 2017-18:

  • 2017
    • Oct 5 - Holly Short, Project Manager - Bird Monitoring and Stewardship Programs

      "Bird stewards play a vital role during the shorebird nesting season along the Gulf coast. The stewardship programs throughout the state help get more people out on the beach who care about protecting our shorebird families with public education. Stewards ensure that the public are respectful of posted areas with camouflaged nests and aware of tiny chicks roaming the beach. Without stewards, beach-nesting birds would not be successful."

      Holley Short found her love for shorebirds and passion for protecting nesting birds along the Gulf in 2012 as an intern in Sanibel. She's been with Audubon Florida since 2015, first as a Stewardship Coordinator in Sarasota County during the breeding seasons and a non-breeding shorebird monitor in Pinellas County. Now, as the Project Manager within the Suncoast Shorebird Partnership, Holley works with anchor stewards, coordinators, and other partners to recruit and organize volunteers for the bird stewardship and monitoring program.

    • Nov 2 - Kay Prophet, USF - Florida Scrub Jays
    • Dec 7 - pending
  • 2018
    • Jan 4 - Jeff Liechty, Audubon Florida – Least Terns and the Rooftop Breeding Program
    • Feb 1 - Morgan Parks, FL Fish Wildlife Conservation - Beachnesting Birds
    • Mar 1 - Lauren Deaner – Florida Sparrows
    • April 5 - Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet - Pelagic Birding off Florida's Coast
    • May 3 - Photo Club - the Best and the Beautiful of 2017-18
    • July 18 - Joint Meeting with Sierra Club and Native Plant Society

Tampa Audubon Fall 2017 Educational Programs

  • Details to follow - please check back often!

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.