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  • #418237
    ntaylor
    ntaylor
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    Volunteers needed at newly added site at Salt Creek in St. Pete
    Great American Cleanup is Saturday, March 17, 9am – noon

    Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, is recruiting volunteers for a cleanup of the Skyway fishing piers, Fort De Soto Park, Coffee Pot Bayou, Cunningham Key (meeting at Tampa Bay Watch), and Salt Creek. Salt Creek is ready for a cleanup after an extensive invasive plant removal effort by the City of St. Petersburg! We’d greatly appreciate volunteers who don’t mind getting down and dirty underneath a mangrove canopy at this location.

    Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program taking place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 2.8 million volunteers across the country. Tampa Bay Watch sees the Coastal Cleanup as an important way to help clean up human-generated trash in the park as well as marine debris that floats onto the shorelines from Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

    Mastry’s Brewing Co. on St. Pete Beach will offer a post-event St. Patrick’s Day party for cleanup volunteers! The special of 50% off up to three beers is valid from 12 pm to midnight on Saturday, March 17; they are located at 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. St.Patrick’s also falls during the 3rd weekend when Mastry’s Brewing Co hosts it’s monthly Extravaganza Market from 12 – 3 pm with 10-15 rotating vendors. This intimate boutique market is perfect to mingle with local artisans and find handmade art, jewelry, plants, veggies, and more!

    We’ve already recruited enough volunteers for Fort De Soto Park. Click on site below to register as a cleanup volunteer: Salt Creek, Skyway Fishing Piers, Cunningham Key/Tampa Bay Watch, Coffee Pot Bayou, & Coquina Bayside in Manatee County
    Build an oyster shell bar
    Helping hands still needed for next week’s project: March 15-16

    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on several dates this spring. The project involves shoveling fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old.

    On March 15-16 & April 5-7, we will meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect.

    On April 19 & 20, the project meeting location will be Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St.,Tampa FL. ​The park is in Hillsborough County near Ikea of Tampa.

    Click on date to register for the project:
    Thursday, March 15, Friday, March 16, Thursday, April 5, Friday, April 6, Saturday, April 7, Thursday, April 19, & Friday, April 20.
    Spring oyster dome construction dates announced
    Join us on scheduled weekday mornings at Tampa Bay Watch
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    We are recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place on specified weekday mornings from 9 am until noon. The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old.

    The project involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem.
    Learn more about the oyster dome program here.

    Click a date to register:
    March 21, April 3, April 10, April 24, May 1, & May 8
    Don’t miss our new Day on the Bay eco-tours!
    March 27, 28, & 29 from 9am – 1pm
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    A Day on the Bay is a half-day estuary introduction and kayak eco-tour which will be offered on March 27, 28, & 29 from 9am – 1pm. The day begins with a brief orientation about the Tampa Bay estuary and Tampa Bay Watch and is followed by a kayak trip briefing. Participants will then accompany trained staff in our tandem kayaks as we explore all the unique habitats the bay has to offer including lush seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and a local bird rookery.

    The cost of the progam for Tampa Bay Watch members is $20 (Contact Ian Pike 727-867-8166 ext. 249 for membership discount code) and $25 for the public.

    Click here to read all about the program and register today!
    Be the thunder while supporting Tampa Bay Watch!
    And enjoy a pre-game happy hour at Coppertail Brewing Co.

    We are proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Lightning for their game vs. Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $40 each with a portion of the ticket benefitting Tampa Bay Watch. Your ticket will include a pre-game happy hour at Coppertail Brewing Co. 2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605 from 5-7pm with free appetizers and your first beer on the house. With your ticket purchase, you’ll also get a chance to be one of four lucky fans to watch pre-game warmups inside the penalty box! Click here to purchase your tickets today. Promotion code is TBWATCH. Deadline is March 9 to purchase tickets.
    Tampa Bay Watch installs watergoat at Lake Maggiore
    Watergoat will help manage marine debris
    Article ImageTampa Bay Watch installed a Watergoat at Dell Holmes Park on Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg yesterday to collect marine debris data, and stop debris, especially single-use plastics, before floating out into Tampa Bay, the Gulf, and eventually into our ocean gyres. Click here to see a video clip courtesy of Fox 13 Tampa Bay.

    These floating buoy structures surround discharge stormwater outfall locations at the mouths of streams. This boom barrier helps to capture litter before it’s carried by the tides further into our waterways. The netting is wildlife-friendly and does not stop water flow. These debris-collecting Watergoats are installed in many locations throughout the Tampa Bay region and maintained/cleaned out by various entities. The trapped debris is scooped up by staff and volunteers, to be properly disposed of. Keep your eyes open after heavy rainfalls, as we’ll be looking to our wonderful volunteer base to assist in debris removal.

    Click here to read more about our storm water programs.
    308 oyster domes installed over last Thursday & Friday
    Successful project at MacDill Air Force Base
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    Thank you to our hardworking volunteers who helped at the oyster dome installation at MacDill Air Force Base last week. With their assistance, we installed a grand total of 308 oyster domes on Thursday and Friday!

    Oyster domes are 24” in diameter, 18” tall, weigh approximately 200 lbs, and are installed along seawalls and shorelines to provide habitat. Oysters need to attach to a hard structure to grow into adults and the rough texture of the domes makes it easier for oysters to grow. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem.

  • #419420
    ntaylor
    ntaylor
    Keymaster

    Harvest & Planting set for March 7, 8, & 9
    Project to restore Rock Ponds
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    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest marsh grasses at Port Manatee (14495 Harlee Rd, Palmetto, 34221-9620) on Wednesday, March 7 & Thursday, March 8 from 9am – noon which will be used in our community planting event to restore Rock Ponds on March 9, 9am – noon.

    The March 9 high marsh planting is in partnership with SWFWMD at the Rock Ponds Borrow Pit in Ruskin. The address of the meeting location is 4235 Lavender Road, Ruskin, FL 33570.

    The Rock Ponds project is the largest coastal ecosystem restoration project in Tampa Bay. The site was historically agriculture fields, shell mining pits, and surrounded by non-native and nuisance plant species. This site has been partially filled and recontoured to provide over two miles of new shorelines and islands.

    Click on the following dates to register as a volunter: March 7 harvest, March 8 harvest, or March 9 planting.
    We’re excited to announce Downwinder for the Bay!
    Click here to read more about this event.
    Join us at MacDill Air Force Base
    Oyster dome installation on March 1 & 2
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    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on March 1 & 2 from 9am – noon on each day. This project involves heavy lifting of approximately 75 pounds, as each oyster dome weighs around 150 pounds. Each dome will be installed with two people sharing the weight and unloading the domes from a trailer onto the shoreline.

    The goal of Tampa Bay Watch’s Community Oyster Reef Enhancement (CORE) program is to increase the oyster population in Tampa Bay and at the same time, provide habitats for small organisms, prevent erosion, improve water quality and promote fish and wildlife habitats.

    We will meet within MacDill Air Force Base. Driving directions will be emailed to you in a reminder message prior to the event. The minimum age to participate is 18 years old. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance to drive onto the base. We’ll ask you for some personal info in the volunteer registration process: your full name, the state who issued your driver’s license, driver’s license number, & the expiration date of your driver’s license for MacDill’s security clearance.

    Click on the project date in which you’d like to volunteer: March 1 or March 2
    Build domes for Tampa Bay
    Volunteers needed on weekday mornings in February
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    We are recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place on specified weekday mornings from 9 am until noon. The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old.

    The project involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem. Learn more about the oyster dome program here.

    Click on a date below to register as a volunteer. We’ve already recruited enough volunteers for 2/2.

    February 6 | 9 | 13 | 21 | 23

  • #419567
    ntaylor
    ntaylor
    Keymaster

    Harvest & Planting set for March 7, 8, & 9
    We still need a lot of help for both harvest dates!
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    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest marsh grasses at Port Manatee (14495 Harlee Rd, Palmetto, 34221-9620) on Wednesday, March 7 & Thursday, March 8 from 9am – noon which will be used in our community planting event to restore Rock Ponds on March 9, 9am – noon.

    The March 9 high marsh planting is in partnership with SWFWMD at the Rock Ponds Borrow Pit in Ruskin. The address of the meeting location is 4235 Lavender Road, Ruskin, FL 33570.

    The Rock Ponds project is the largest coastal ecosystem restoration project in Tampa Bay. The site was historically agriculture fields, shell mining pits, and surrounded by non-native and nuisance plant species. This site has been partially filled and recontoured to provide over two miles of new shorelines and islands.

    Click on the following dates to register as a volunter: March 7 harvest, March 8 harvest, or March 9 planting.
    Join us at MacDill Air Force Base
    Oyster dome installation on March 1 & 2
    Article Image
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on March 1 & 2 from 9am – noon on each day. This project involves heavy lifting of approximately 75 pounds, as each oyster dome weighs around 150 pounds. Each dome will be installed with two people sharing the weight and unloading the domes from a trailer onto the shoreline.

    The goal of Tampa Bay Watch’s Community Oyster Reef Enhancement (CORE) program is to increase the oyster population in Tampa Bay and at the same time, provide habitats for small organisms, prevent erosion, improve water quality and promote fish and wildlife habitats.

    We will meet within MacDill Air Force Base. Driving directions will be emailed to you in a reminder message prior to the event. The minimum age to participate is 18 years old. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance to drive onto the base. We’ll ask you for some personal info in the volunteer registration process: your full name, the state who issued your driver’s license, driver’s license number, & the expiration date of your driver’s license for MacDill’s security clearance.

    Click on the project date in which you’d like to volunteer: March 1 or March 2

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    ntaylor
    ntaylor
    Keymaster

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  • #419765
    ntaylor
    ntaylor
    Keymaster

    Build an oyster shell bar
    Helping hands still needed for this week’s project: March 15-16

    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on several dates this spring. The project involves shoveling fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old.

    On March 15-16 & April 5-7, we will meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect.

    On April 19 & 20, the project meeting location will be Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St.,Tampa FL. ​The park is in Hillsborough County near Ikea of Tampa.

    Click on date to register for the project:
    Thursday, March 15, Friday, March 16, Thursday, April 5, Friday, April 6, Saturday, April 7, Thursday, April 19, & Friday, April 20.
    Spend a Day on the Bay with us!
    March 27, 28, & 29 from 9am – 1pm
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    A Day on the Bay is a half-day estuary introduction and kayak eco-tour which will be offered on March 27, 28, & 29 from 9am – 1pm. The day begins with a brief orientation about the Tampa Bay estuary and Tampa Bay Watch and is followed by a kayak trip briefing. Participants will then accompany trained staff in our tandem kayaks as we explore all the unique habitats the bay has to offer including lush seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and a local bird rookery.

    The cost of the progam for Tampa Bay Watch members is $20 (Contact Ian Pike 727-867-8166 ext. 249 for membership discount code) and $25 for the public.

    Click here to read all about the program and register today!
    Go green on Saturday by helping with our St. Paddy’s Day cleanup
    Great American Cleanup is this Saturday, March 17, 9am – noon

    Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, is recruiting volunteers for a cleanup of the Skyway fishing piers, Fort De Soto Park, Coffee Pot Bayou, Cunningham Key (meeting at Tampa Bay Watch), and Salt Creek. Salt Creek is ready for a cleanup after an extensive invasive plant removal effort by the City of St. Petersburg! We’d greatly appreciate volunteers who don’t mind getting down and dirty underneath a mangrove canopy at this location.

    Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program taking place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 2.8 million volunteers across the country. Tampa Bay Watch sees the Coastal Cleanup as an important way to help clean up human-generated trash in the park as well as marine debris that floats onto the shorelines from Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

    Mastry’s Brewing Co. on St. Pete Beach will offer a post-event St. Patrick’s Day party for cleanup volunteers! The special of 50% off up to three beers is valid from 12 pm to midnight on Saturday, March 17; they are located at 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. St.Patrick’s also falls during the 3rd weekend when Mastry’s Brewing Co hosts it’s monthly Extravaganza Market from 12 – 3 pm with 10-15 rotating vendors. This intimate boutique market is perfect to mingle with local artisans and find handmade art, jewelry, plants, veggies, and more!

    We’ve already recruited enough volunteers for Fort De Soto Park & Coffee Pot Bayou. Click on site below to register as a cleanup volunteer: Salt Creek, Skyway Fishing Piers, Cunningham Key/Tampa Bay Watch, & Coquina Bayside in Manatee County
    Build oyster domes for Tampa Bay
    Join us on scheduled weekday mornings at Tampa Bay Watch
    Article Image
    We are recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place on specified weekday mornings from 9 am until noon. The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old.

    The project involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem. Learn more about the oyster dome program here.

    Click a date to register:
    March 21, April 3, April 10, April 24, May 1, & May 8

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