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:

  • Mar 1 - Lauren Deaner – Florida Sparrows

    Lauren has been studying the distribution and abundance of Saltmarsh and Nelson's sparrows on Shell Key Preserve to better understand how these marsh-dependent species utilize remnant patches of cordgrass saltmarsh in their winter ranges. The hope is increased understanding of how to better protect these declining sparrow species for the future.

    Speaker: Lauren Deaner has degrees from Univ of Delaware and Georgia Southern Univ. She has studied Florida Scrub-Jays and Burrowing Owls, Wilson's Plovers on Cumberland Island National Seashore, and worked in environmental consulting in the Tampa area. Her main focus is the conservation of listed species.

  • 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


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.