Welcome to the Tampa Audubon Society

Thursday, October 1st General Meeting

Program: "Hooked and Entangled Birds"

Speaker: Mark Rachal, Manager of Audubon Florida's Coastal Island Sanctuaries

Mark will discuss his experiences managing the nesting colonies of the Tampa Bay region and the threat that discarded fishing gear poses to many of our coastal waterbirds. Fishing line entanglement is a significant threat and boat ramps and fishing piers can be hot spots for hooked and entangled birds. Discarded fishing gear can even find its way into the coastal nesting islands and pose a danger for future generations of birds. Mark will talk about cooperative efforts to lessen this threat and what you can do to help.

The mission of the Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries is the protection of the great colonial waterbird populations of the Florida coast, and the natural systems that support them. The Tampa Bay area is home to a population of colonial waterbirds totaling up to 50,000 breeding pairs at nearly 30 sites.

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New international trip to The Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras. Oct 25-31. Limit 10. Sign up now!


10/3 - Children and Family EagleWatch Program

10/7 & 10/14 - Conservation Landscaping Workshop offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension - Hillsborough County

Join a Field Trip!

10/10 – Lettuce Lake Park: Beginning Birding

10/17 - MacDill Air Force Base: Note: Pre-registration required

10/25-10/31 – International trip to "The Lodge at Pico Bonito" in Honduras

Junior Naturalists

10/17 - Edward Medard Park

11/21 - Al Lopez Park

12/19 – Bell Creek Preserve

Save Hooked Birds!

Click here find out more and download our new brochure that outlines the perils our shorebirds and waders are in from fishing line and hooks, and what you can do!