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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Keith, Director
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.
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 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.
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.
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!"
Doug joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and served as the Conservation Committee Chair from 2016 to 2021. 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 local field trips 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!”
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 also active with Christmas Bird Counts, Nest Watch and more.
Grace Henry moved to Florida in 2020 and joined TAS in 2021. She volunteered to serve on our Board of Directors starting June 2021. In the short time she has lived here, she has learned so much about the birds in this environment and just how important Florida’s ecosystem is to the migratory patterns for birds all over the US and South America. Grace's mother got her into birding as a young teen; though she didn’t appreciate it as much back then, it certainly stuck with her. Recently, she picked up birding again and truly fell in love! It’s become a passion Grace can share with her mother now. She hopes to continue to grow as a birder and also as an advocate for birds and the ecosystem here, to help educate others for years to come.
Jim has had a lifelong interest in birds. He moved to Tampa in the 1970s to join a nonprofit law firm providing pro bono services to low income persons. After raising four children (including two Eagle Scouts) with his wife, he decided it was time to get more serious about birding. He joined Tampa Audubon in 2016 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021. Jim enjoys the social aspects of birding, including learning from some very good birders. He looks forward to retirement in the not too distant future.
Jessica joined the Board of Directors in June 2021. Originally from Michigan, she obtained a B.S. in Biology at Grand Valley State University. Jessica has worked directly with piping plovers
in Cape Cod and golden‐cheeked warblers in Texas. Jessica joined TAS and volunteered to serve on the Board of Directors hoping to be more involved in outreach, education, and conservation efforts.
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 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.
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 Rescue Committee Chair
Nancy served as the Chapter's Vice President from 2013 to 2019. As the Vice President of The Raptor Center of Tampa Bay, she serves as the chair for our Bird Rescue Committee. Licensed to rehabilitate migratory birds and other wildlife, Nancy 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, and monitoring wild birds as part of several citizen science projects.