TBPH Tampa Bay Watch Update 9-30-15

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                              Tampa Bay Watch Update 

                              September 30 



                        Quick Links

                        Our Website<http://www.tampabaywatch.org/>

                        Email Us<mailto:adowling at tampabaywatch.org>

                        'Like' Us on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Tampa-Bay-Watch/146455442058972> 

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                        Kayaks for Sale!

                        Tampa Bay Watch is upgrading our fleet of kayaks, so we are selling our used boats. Proceeds will benefit our habitat restoration and environmental education programs. Contact Andy Lykens at alykens at tampabaywatch.org<mailto:alykens at tampabaywatch.org> or 727-867-8166 x228 if you're interested in any of the following:  

                          . Redfish 14’ single, red - $300 
                          . Redfish 14’ single, red - $300 
                          . Perception 13’ sit on top single, teal color - $300 
                          . Necky 13’ double, blue - $250 
                          . 2007 Trailex Aluminum Trailer. It can hold up to 250 lbs, and is 14’11” long and 72” wide - $400 

                        Focus on: Northern Gannet

                        One of the largest seabirds of the North Atlantic, the Northern Gannet spends most of its life at sea. Flocks engage in spectacular bouts of plunge-diving for fish, diving into the ocean from heights of up to 130 feet. Most plunge-dives are relatively shallow, but the Northern Gannet can dive as deep as 72 feet! It uses its wings and feet to swim deeper in pursuit of fish. Source: allaboutbirds.com 

                        Sea Level Rise: What's Our Next Move? 

                        The Institute on Science for Global Policy

                        in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College present Sea Level Rise: What's Our Next Move? on October 2 & 3 at St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus. Participate in a unique conference with community debates and caucuses that bring together scientists, policy makers and citizens to explore practical options to mitigate and adapt to sea level rise. The conference is free and open to the public. 


                        Click here to read recent commentary in the Tampa Tribune co-authored by Peter Clark. <http://www.tbo.com/list/news-opinion-commentary/sea-level-rise-whats-our-next-move-20150925/>


                        Click here for more information and to register<http://solutions.spcollege.edu/>. 


                        Gopher Weedon 8K Trail Run

                        Tired of pounding the pavement on the same ole’ 5K race course? Go-pher something different and enjoy 8 kilometers (5 miles) of natural trails through one of Tampa Bay’s hidden gems! The Gopher Weedon trail run will take runners and walkers along a journey through native Florida habitats, including gorgeous views of Tampa Bay. The race is Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 AM at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Island Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702. Spaces are limited for this unique event, so register click here to register today!<http://www.active.com/st-petersburg-fl/running/distance-running-races/gopher-weedon-trail-run-2015?int=> 

                        Watermarks: A Nature Photography Exhibition was a success!

                        Thank you to all who attended the Watermarks Nature Photography Exhibition on September 25-26! The photographers, Carlton Ward, Peter Clark, Amanda Trail, Judy Rogero, Jim Gray, Dave Lawrence, John Cobalt & Sabrina Garcia provided many beautiful options. Chris Rooney, solo guitarist and performer kept the crowd grooving on Friday night. We appreciate Dick Jacobs for his presentation on his new book release “Wonderlust”. Thank you to PaniniRiffic Food Truck, Whatever Pops & the Lealman Fire Department for supporting the event. 


                        A special thanks to the Sabal Trust Company who sponsored the event to make it possible.


                        Click here to view the photo gallery!<http://www.tampabaywatch.org/galleries/TBW_Photog_Show/index.html>


                        Volunteers Needed for October Oyster Shell Projects

                        Oysters improve the water quality of Tampa Bay!

                        Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore the shoreline of Maximo Park on Thursday, October 8<https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.166035627>. We've already recruited enough volunteers for Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10. Click on date to register for the project. The meeting location is Maximo Park, 34th St. & Pinellas Point Dr. S. in St. Petersburg. The minimum age to participate is 15 years old.


                        We are also recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore the shoreline of MacDill AFB on Wednesday, October 21<https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.174389281>, Thursday, October 22<https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.174399541> and Friday, October 23<https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.174399559>. Click on date to register for the project. We'll need some personal information from you in the registration process: your middle initial, the state who issued your driver's license, driver's license number & the expiration date of your license for MacDill's security clearance. The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old for this project. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and car insurance to drive onto the base. 


                        Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shellbags weighing around 30 pounds each. The goal is to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration.


                        Help Build Oyster Domes at Tampa Bay Watch!

                        October 12, 19 & 26 from 9am - noon on each day

                        Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S 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 oysterdomes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured.


                        Oyster domes are constructed onsite at regular intervals throughout the year in preparation for placement in Tampa Bay to minimize shoreline erosion and provide surface area for oysters to attach. Additionally, by being placed along seawalls and shorelines, the domes restore hard bottom habitat and improve water quality. Read more here!<http://www.tampabaywatch.org/restoration_oyster_domes.html>


                        Click on project date to register to volunteer: Monday, October 12<https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.177328356>, Monday, October 19<https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.177330357> and Monday, October 26<https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.177325235>. 


                        Adopt a Monotube!

                        Volunteers Needed

                        Help us keep discarded monofilament fishing line out of Tampa Bay! Discarded fishing line can be very dangerous to birds, marine life, and even boats - it is estimated fishing line will last 400-600 years in the environment before it begins to break down. You can help by adopting a monofilament recycling tube, AKA monotube, at one of these popular fishing locations listed below.Adoption involves monitoring your tube twice a month depending on the location. Once collected the fishing line is sent to Berkley Fishing, where it is recycled into tackle boxes or other fishing equipment, as well as fish habitats! 


                        Sites that need monitoring:  
                        Fort De Soto Bay Pier, R.E. Olds Fishing Pier in Oldsmar and the Pinellas side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.


                        Click here to check out our map to see if a location is convenient for you!<http://tampabaywatch.org/tampa_bay_watch_monotube_locations_map_styl.html>


                        Contact Melinda Spall at mspall at tampabaywatch.org with the site that you'd like to adopt.<mailto:mspall at tampabaywatch.org>


                        Mark your calendar for the Tierra Verde Oktoberfest!

                        Saturday, October 17 from 4 - 9pm

                        Come out to the Tierra Verde Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 17 in the Downtown Tierra Verde parking lot. Tampa Bay Watch will benefit from the proceeds of the event! There will be kids’ activities, a silent auction, bouncy house, dunk tank, art market, live entertainment by DeLeon Entertainment<https://www.facebook.com/DeLeonEntertainment?fref=ts>, 50/50 raffle, food trucks, beer truck, German food and much more! The event is put on by Tierra Verde Business Partnership<https://www.facebook.com/TierraVerdeBusinessPartnership>. 


                        The event is sponsored by:

                          Black Forest Cottage  




                        Please visit our website at www.tampabaywatch.org<http://www.tampabaywatch.org/>.

                        Click here to donate to our cause<https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/TampaBayWatch/OnlineMembership.html>. 


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Address postal inquiries to:

Tampa Bay Watch

3000 Pinellas Bayway South
Tierra Verde, FL 33715-2516

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