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  • #418237
    ntaylor
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    e a part of our comprehensive restoration of Fantasy Island
    Oyster dome installation on November 28-December 1, 9 am – 3 pm each day

    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes at Fantasy Island. This project has three components, the first of which took place in October of 2016 and involved installing an oyster shell bar to create a series of oyster reefs. The second component of this project is the installation of a series of oyster domes along the shoreline to further buffer it from the severe erosion that is occurring. Lastly, native species of grasses were planted along the shoreline of the island to complement the installed oyster domes and shell bar. This comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan will slow erosion and provide invaluable habitat and food source for wildlife.

    Although this is a heavy project since oyster domes weigh over 150 pounds each, there will be tasks for all physical capabilities. We’ll have a crane to upload the domes to the barge to be placed on the shoreline, but we’ll need help moving the domes in the water from the barge to the shoreline. 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. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old. The project is 9am – 3pm on each day and lunch will be provided. If you can’t stay for the full day, we could use your help in the morning or the afternoon. Click on a date below to register as a volunteer: November 28, November 29, November 30, or December 1
    Announcing Estuary EDventures Winter Camp
    January 3-5, 2018
    Join us this winter break at Tampa Bay Watch for our new and exciting Estuary EDventures Winter Camp, January 3-5, 2018! Each camp includes a day of marine science labs, animal encounters, estuary exploration, and sea-themed crafts and games! Day sessions are 9am to 4pm and before and after care is available. Click here to read more about the camp.

    Click on the camp date below to register for each session: Wednesday, January 3 (Ages 6-8), Thursday, January 4 (Ages 6-8), or Friday, January 5 (Ages 9-12). Click here for before and after care registration.
    Build domes for Tampa Bay
    Help is needed on weekday mornings throughout November

    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 the following dates to register for the project: November: 20, 27, & December 4
    Volunteer to restore 2D Island
    Oyster shell project on November 16, 17, & 18
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar to restore 2D Island. 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. Click here to read more about the project and to see a video of a past oyster shell bar installation.

    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.

    Click on the following date to register as a volunteer:
    Thursday, November 16 & Friday, November 17. We’re already recruited enough volunteers on Saturday, November 18.

  • #418459
    ntaylor
    ntaylor
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    Join our oyster dome crew!
    Help is needed on weekday mornings throughout the fall

    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 the following dates to register for the project: October: 30 November:  1  3  6  13  15  20  27 & December  4
    We hope to see you at our fun, free, & family-friendly event!

    Help restore 2D Island
    Oyster shell project on November 16, 17, & 18
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar to restore 2D Island. 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. Click here to read more about the project and to see a video of a past oyster shell bar installation.

    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. Click on the following date to register as a volunteer.

    Thursday, November 16, Friday, November 17, & Saturday, November 18
    Work off your Thanksgiving dinner with us!
    Help is needed for oyster dome installation on November 28-December 1, 9 am – 3 pm each day

    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes at Fantasy Island. This is a heavy project since oyster domes weigh over 150 pounds each. We’ll have a crane to upload the domes to the barge to be placed on the shoreline, but we’ll need help moving the domes in the water from the barge to the shoreline.

    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. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old. The project is 9am – 3pm on each day and lunch will be provided. If you can’t stay for the full day, we could use your help in the morning or the afternoon.
    Click on a date below to register as a volunteer: November 28, November 29, November 30, or December 1

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    ntaylor
    ntaylor
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    ntaylor
    ntaylor
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    Join us at MacDill Air Force Base!
    Tampa Bay Watch needs help installing oyster domes on 12/6, 12/7, & 12/8

    Project description:
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on December 6, 7, & 8 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.
    Goal:
    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.

    Location:
    We will meet within MacDill Air Force Base. Driving directions will be emailed to you in a reminder message prior to the event.

    More Information:
    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.

    Registration:
    Click on the project date in which you’d like to volunteer: Wednesday, December 6, Thursday, December 7, or Friday, December 8.

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