Programs and Education

Tampa Audubon Monthly Meetings

Tampa Audubon's Monthly General Meetings run from *September through May (no meeting in January) the 1st Thursday of each month and are open to members and non-members alike. Meetings are held at the Hillsborough County Extension Office located at 5339 CR 579, Seffner, (1/2 mile south of exit 10 on I-4).

*Note: There is also an annual joint meeting held every July with the Suncoast Native Plant Society and Tampa Sierra Club. Location is announced as we move closer to July.

The General Meeting schedule is as follows:

6pm - Photo Club meets
7pm - Potluck, Birdsightings, Announcements
7:30pm - Speaker

Programs to look forward to in 2015

  • February 5 - Rich Crete - "Backyard Birding & Great Backyard Bird Count"
  • March 5 - Nancy Murrah & Cheryl Merz - "Citizen Science"
  • April 2 - Mary Miller - "Bluebirds"
    The North American bluebirds are cavity nesters and were almost wiped out when the English house sparrow was introduced in 1851 and took over their nesting cavities.  This presentation tells of the remarkable recovery of the bluebird through conservation efforts of individuals and the American Bluebird Society, which instituted the concept of bluebird trails.  The Tampa Audubon Society maintains 45 bluebird boxes at Flatwoods Park along the walking/biking/skating trail.  Even though the trail has been there for 20 years, it has only been monitored for the last 6 years and this presentation will give you the very encouraging results.

    Our speaker, Mary Miller is a Missouri native, University of Missouri and University of South Florida graduate and has lived in Panama, Delaware, and Puerto Rico before settling in Tampa 39 years ago. Mary began her professional career as an elementary teacher and ended as the Recycling Coordinator for the Pasco County School District. She lives with her husband, John, and eagerly jumped at the chance to monitor the Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail when she retired six years ago. She is an active member of the Suncoast Native Plant Society, a Friends of the Library bookstore volunteer, and in addition to being a birder, loves to travel, garden, and read.
  • May 7 - Joel Jackson - Photo Club Presentation
  • June - No program in June
  • July 15 - Tampa Audubon hosts the Joint Meeting with Native Plant Society & Sierra Club Speaker - Shari Blissett-Clar
  • August - No program in August

      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. Mike Mullins 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.
      • Promotes Audubon Society membership and sponsorship for "Audubon Adventures" environmental education materials for local elementary schools.
      • 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 Mike Mullins if you are interested. If you know anyone that would like to become an active ARC volunteer, please share this with them.

      Natural Hillsborough: A 2015 Audubon Adventure

      Tampa Audubon is happy to offer this wonderful series of classes through USF OLLI for the winter 2015 schedule. A series of 8 classes runs from Jan 27- Mar 17, Tuesday mornings 10 am -12 pm. You must register through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USF.

      The mission of Tampa Audubon is "to conserve and restore our ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife and their habitats through education, advocacy and community involvement." This year's adventure consists of a series of one-hour lectures followed by a one-hour field trip walk within Lettuce Lake Park. Develop an understanding of how to access and enjoy some of the unique features of the great outdoors of Hillsborough County. Topics include: introduction to birding, wildlife of the park, wetlands, bluebirds and boxes, birds of prey, wildlife habitats, herons and egrets.

      Bring a $25 check for donation payable to the Tampa Audubon Society, to the first meeting. An additional charge of $2 per vehicle at the gate, per day covers parking and park entrance fee. Please bring binoculars to class.

      Note: Each class includes an hour-long walk in the park. Participants must be able to stand and walk for an hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Sandra Reed is VP of the Tampa Audubon Society. She will coordinate a series of instructors who will share their knowledge on many facets of natural Hillsborough County. The instructors have expertise in birds, wildlife, native plants, wetlands, habitats, geology and wildlife areas