Chapter Meeting Location
Our General Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month from September through May in the Conference Center at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Office in Seffner. The Conference Center is behind the main building, through the black iron gate and to your left.
The General Meeting schedule is as follows:
6:00 pm - Photo Club: Bring some of your best recent photos on a flash drive to share with the group, or just come to enjoy the pictures.
7:00 pm - Potluck Dinner, Birdsightings, and Announcements: Bring a dish to share if you can.
7:30 pm - Lecture series: Educational program begins.
Every July, we have a joint meeting with the Suncoast Native Plant Society and Tampa Sierra Club. The meeting location is announced as we get closer to July.
5339 CR 579, Seffner, 33584 (Exit 10 on I-4, 1/2 mile south)
Directors and Chairs
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Mary Keith, President
A member since 1995, Mary has been the Chapter's President since 2015. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania where most weekends were spent in the state parks and woods with her botanist parents. She has birded in Florida and around the world. She is retired from the University of Florida Extension Service which leaves her with more time to lead bird walks, monitor eagle nests and wading bird colonies, and participate in Christmas Bird Counts. Her favorite bird is the swallow-tailed kite because she loves to watch them eat on the wing amid a rainfall of glittering dragonfly wings.
Sherry Keller, Secretary
Sherry has served as recording secretary for the Board of Directors since 2010. A Florida native, she grew up in Hillsborough County. She volunteers at the Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Park and leads some of their monthly beginning birdwalks. Sherry also participates in annual Christmas Bird Counts. When asked what her favorite bird is, she replies "It's impossible to decide!"
Michelle Hoffman Wrobel
Treasurer and Webmaster
Michelle has been our Treasurer since May 2017 and took over as webmaster in 2018. A Florida native, she is the Practice Manager for her husband's CPA practice in Brandon and recently completed a graduate degree at USF on wading bird diversity in urban freshwater ponds. Her favorite birds are dabbling ducks because they're so cute when they wiggle their little butts in the air as they feed face down in the water.
Pat Lewis, Past President
Pat joined TAS in 1990. She served as Chapter President from 2009 to 2016 and now serves on the Board of Directors. She recently started a subchapter in North Tampa tro meet the needs of elderly citizens and others who find it difficult to travel at night. She started birding in Clearwater about 30 years ago at Moccasin Lake, and her favorite bird is the great blue heron because they are so elegant. She has three granddaughters and loves to travel, sew, read and participate in church projects.
Director & Conservation Chair
Doug joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and has served as our Conservation Chair since 2016. He grew up in Central Florida, and has been observing and photographing birds in Florida and around the world for nearly 40 years. He frequently leads field trips for members and is involved in many other chapter activities. His favorite bird is the swallow-tailed kite because, “…it’s elegant and handsome and acrobatic and graceful. Basically, it’s everything I wish I could be!”
Megan Campbell, Director
Megan joined TAS in 2013 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2017. As a child, she remembers keeping her backyard bird feeders stocked so she could watch families of cardinals and bluejays. Indulging a lifelong love of learning and teaching, she frequently serves as a Field Trip Guide at the Audubon Resource Center in Lettuce Lake Park and participates in monitoring programs. Her favorite bird is the swallow-tailed kite because they are stunningly beautiful and graceful aerial acrobats.
Connie Anderson, Director
Connie joined TAS in the 1990s and has been on the Board of Directors since 2017. She loves to kayak, camp and travel. Thirty years ago, she put up a bird feeder and sought the help of folks at Audubon to help her identify all the birds she saw. She had an Eastern bluebird nest in her yard for the first time in 2018.
Lucy Polak, Director
Lucy joined TAS in 2016 and the Board of Directors in July 2018. She also owns and manages Wild Birds Unlimited in Tampa. She began feeding backyard birds with her parents as a child and is also a backyard beekeeper. Her favorite bird is the Carolina wren because they are such a sweet, social bird.
Mic McCarty, Director
and Field Trip Coordinator
Mic joined TAS in 2013 and now sits on the Board of Directors. Mic grew up in central Florida, so he knows our area and its wildlife. He is a former military pilot who still teaches kids how to fly in summer camps, and is currently a middle school teacher. He has been birding, leading field trips and taking great photos for 5 years with Tampa Audubon. He’s active with Christmas Bird Counts, Nest Watch and more.
Sandy Townsend, Director
Sandy joined TAS in 2005 and has been on the Board of Directors since May 2019. Her favorite birds are warblers, because once you find them, you’re rewarded with their beautiful colors and patterns. Sandy became interested in birds when she started hanging feeders outside her window to brighten her view. She also enjoys photographing birds.
A member since the 1990s, Mary has led a weekly bluebird monitoring program at Flatwoods Park in Tampa since 2005. However, her favorite birds are hummingbirds because they are so tiny and beautiful and their aerial acrobatics are fun to watch. Mary was lucky to grow up in a family that loved nature and saw the value of protecting it. She became a serious birder about 25 years ago. As the Recycling Coordinator for the Pasco County School District, part of her job was helping schools create outdoor learning centers, and that involved using native plants to attract native birds, insects, and mammals. So she began paying more attention to the connection between plants and animals and started learning to identify birds, butterflies, and mammals in their gardens.
Bird Protection Committee Chair
Sandy joined TAS in 2009 and served as Vice President from 2012 to 2018 and has been the Bird Protection Committee Chair since 2013. She started the Hooked Birds Initiative in collaboration with FWC, ACIS, FDEP and other organizations to work with Bay area fishermen to help reduce injuries and mortality due to fishing line entanglement, the leading cause of death in brown pelicans. She started birding for bluebirds in 1986. Her favorite bird is the reddish egret because of their beauty, style and stealth.
Roger joined TAS in 2004 and has been the Director of the Audubon Resource Center since June 2017 after serving as the Treasurer for 8 years. He remembers his first birding trip was the 1964 Christmas Bird Count led by his biology teacher. His favorite birds are swallow-tailed kites and European hoopoe. He has a passion for photographing birds in the wild. Originally a Math teacher, Roger branched into computers and programming for almost 40 years.
Bird Rescue Committee Chair
Nancy served as the Chapter's Vice President from 2013 to 2019. She is now the Vice President of The Raptor Center of Tampa Bay. Nancy is permitted to rehabilitate migratory birds and other wildlife, and serves as a FWC facilitator for Project Wild, Flying Wild and Aquatic Wild. When Nancy is not rescuing or caring for birds, she spends her time educating children on conservation education, and watching, studying and counting wild birds as part of several citizen science projects.