Thursday, January 24, 2008

"Give A Day For The Bay" Spring Workdays -- Sign Up Now

Greetings Volunteers:
I have two definite workdays set for the next couple of months. They are:
Saturday, Feb. 23
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center in Ruskin
9 am-1 p.m.
We were last at Camp Bayou in 2005. This time, we'll be picking up trash and debris (some of it heavy) from a pine flatwood and scrub area that was the site of a recent controlled burn. The fire opened up the area so we can see the trash. It also has exposed the gopher tortoise burrows. So, we also need volunteers to locate and measure burrow entrances and record information about them on survey sheets for a Camp Bayou gopher tortoise census. We will train you on the spot. We especially need volunteers who have handheld GPS units! This workday is suitable for ages 10 and up. Lunch and t-shirt provided (let me know if you are a vegetarian). Driving directions available at
Saturday, March 15
Rivercrest Park in Tampa
9 am-1 pm
Another litter cleanup, this time in a large urban park and adjacent greenway just north of downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River. There is a LOT Of litter here. We may also be doing some cleaning up of mulched plant beds, trimming, invasive removal and other chores as needed by the Tampa Parks Department. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Lunch and t-shirt provided. A map to the park is available at
Pinellas County volunteers, we haven't forgotten you. Coming soon:
April: Taylor Park in Largo (aquatic plant installation in freshwater pond)
May: War Veterans Memorial Park (Coastal shoreline planting)
It's time to get out, enjoy the weather and do some good in 2008! Let the sign-up begin!
Sent by:
Nanette Holland O'Hara
Public Outreach Coordinator
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
100 8th Ave. S.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 893-2765 phone
(727) 893-2767 fax

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