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Meeting Location & Time

Chapter Meeting Locations

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 320025, Tampa, Florida 33679-2025. We do not have a permanent physical location. Our General Meetings are held September through May on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Tampa Garden Club at 2629 Bayshore Boulevard in south Tampa and the County Extension office in Seffner. For more information on our monthly meetings, click here.

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Directors and Chairs

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Ann Paul
President

Ann started on the Board of Directors in 1990 as our Secretary, She later served as Chapter President was again elected as Chapter President in June 2021. Called “wading birds’ best human friend” by National Audubon Society, she won the 2018 winner of the Theodore Roosevelt Hillsborough Forever Conservation Award and served as the Regional Coordinator for Audubon Florida's Coastal Island Sanctuaries for over 30 years, contributing to the knowledge and protection of aquatic bird species that rely on the Sanct-uaries. Born and raised in Gainesville, Ann now lives in Riverview. She has trouble choosing a favorite bird, as the more she learns about any one species of bird, the more she wants to know about them. Ann has a passion for protecting birds and their habitats, which results in important benefits for people, too: clean air and water, and beautiful recreation areas.

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Tammy joined TAS in 1988 shortly after moving to Tampa from the Midwest to get more involved in the local conservation community. She has been on the Board of Directors off and on since May 2008, serving as Vice President from 2008 to 2013, and again starting in 2020.  Birding has always been an enjoyable part of her profession as an ecologist. Her favorite bird is the roseate spoonbill, because it is such an iconic Florida bird that brightens up the landscape. 

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Sandy Townsend
Secretary

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.

Tammy Lyons
Vice President

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Michelle Hoffman Wrobel
Treasurer and Webmaster

Michelle has been our Treasurer since 2017 and Webmaster since 2018. A Hillsborough County native, she is the Operations Manager for her husband's CPA practice in Brandon. Prior to that, she was a wetland biologist 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 just so cute when they wiggle their little butts in the air as they feed face down in the water! She enjoys watching a breeding pair of cardinals and their fledging chicks using the feeders she hung outside her office window in Brandon as she works.

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Mary Keith
Director

Past President

A member of TAS since 1995, Mary served as the Chapter's President from 2015 to 2021. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania where most weekends were spent in state parks and woods with her botanist parents. She has birded all over the world. She is retired from the University of Florida Extension Service, leaving her with more time to lead bird walks, monitor nests and colonies, and participate in Christmas Bird Counts. Her favorite bird is the  swallow-tailed kite; she loves to watch them eat "on the fly" amid a rainfall of glittering dragonfly wings.

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Sherry Keller
Director

Sherry served as Secretary for the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2020. A Florida native, she was born and raised in Hillsborough County. She volunteers at the Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Park and leads some of their monthly beginner birdwalks. Sherry also participates in annual Christmas Bird Counts. When asked what her favorite bird is, she replies "It's impossible to decide!"