Volunteer Opportunities 


Raptor Rescue

Help transport injured birds within Hillsborough and Pinellas or to/from The Audubon Center for Prey in Maitland. For more information, contact Nancy Murrah (nancy.murrah@tampaaudubon.org).   

Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Park

Get certified as a County volunteer to lead walks along the boardwalk, track visitor volume, answer questions and direct visitors as needed. Time commitment is once every few months for a weekend afternoon. Donate 4 hours a month to be a spokesperson for nature at Lettuce Lake Park.  Knowledge of animals, birds, insects, trees, and plants is a plus. You will receive orientation and training.  For more information, contact Roger Sheets, ARC Director (roger.sheets@tampaaudubon.org).




Colony Watch

Survey colonies of nesting wading birds, check numbers and monitor the welfare of the colonies. Responsible for surveys twice a month with a short one-page report each time. For more information, contact Ann Paul (apaul@audubon.org) or Mark Rachal (mrachal@audubon.org). 



Beach Bird Stewards     

  • 3 Rooker Island ‐ Volunteers receive a free boat ride and admission to Honeymoon Island State Park. Your job will be to make sure that people anchoring boats at the island do not let their dogs off the boats. You simply explain the rules to the boaters, and if any of them are noncompliant, you will notify law enforcement. Contact John Hood (jhood2@tampabay.rr.com) of Clearwater Audubon, or Holley Short (hshort@audubon.org) of Audubon Florida. 

  • Other locations – Bird stewards are needed to educate the public about beach‐nesting  shorebirds and seabirds in Pinellas County from Clearwater Beach south to Ft. DeSoto Park.  Stewards will especially be needed during weekends and busy holidays to assist in monitoring  colonies. Colony protection efforts are organized in cooperation with Audubon Florida and local  Audubon chapters. For more information, contact Holley Short (hshort@audubon.org) of Audubon Florida.   

  • Rooftop monitors ‐ Visit historic rooftop sites once a month during the breeding  season from March through August to determine if there is active Least Tern nesting. Volunteers report data from each visit and help return chicks to rooftops if they fall. Locations in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties. For more information, contactJeff Liechty (jliechty@audubon.org).

  • Florida Shorebird Alliance ‐ Anyone interested in joining to help educate beach users about the perils of feeding and chasing birds, or the importance  of beaches for nesting birds can go to the Contact Us portion of the site and enter in their information, and it will be sent to the leaders of local partnerships. 

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Scrub Jay Family Surveys at various locations in 8 counties.  Training in April or May. Contact Jacqui Sulek (jsulek@audubon.org) in March to get list of  training dates and locations. Your choice of which counts to sign up for in June/July. 



Bluebird Trail Flatwoods Park

Two or three strong volunteers needed on the Bluebird Trail for one or two mornings in October or November to relocate several blue-bird boxes that were unoccupied this nesting season to new locations where  nesting might be more successful next season (March – August 2016). For more information, contact Mary Miller (limpkin1945@verizon.net).   




Eagle Watch

Monitor eagles at their nests twice monthly for 20 minutes and complete short reports.  For more information, contact Nancy Murrah  (nancy.murrah@tampaaudubon.org).       




Hooked Bird Initiative

Check the Sunshine Skyway Piers for entangled or hooked birds and notify rescuers. For more information, contact Sandy Reed (sandy.reed@tampaaudubon.org). 




Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

Surveys are completed in numerous locations in the Bay area (and elsewhere) to assess bird populations.  All levels of birding skills needed for spotting and counting. For more information, contact Mary Keith (mary.keith@tampaaudubon.org).  Or contact one of the regional coordinators listed below:


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