Weedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area located on Tampa Bay. This coastal system, comprised of aquatic and upland ecosystems, is home to numerous species of native plants and animals, an educational facility and a rich cultural history. Indigenous peoples occupied this site for thousands of years. Today, the preserve protects this wide diversity of natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Weedon Island Preserve is also a well-known birding and fishing site. More about us and see our visitor map.
Free Admission! - Donations Welcome
Upcoming In-Person Classes and Webinars:
Upcoming programs listed below are hosted by the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center and are funded by the Friends of Weedon Island.
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 2pm
Getting Wild with Turkey (Webinar via Zoom)
Turkey may surface in your mind this November as a menu item, but have you ever observed a wild turkey in nature? Did you see a male or a female turkey? If so, how did you tell the difference? For a large bird that is not known for its flying ability, nor respected for its intelligence, how does the Wild Turkey survive? Over years, many of us have lost appreciation for this incredible bird. If ol’ Ben had his way, the turkey would be our national emblem and not the scavenging & thieving bald eagle (as Ben Franklin described them). Take a trot with us as we talk with Sensing Nature wildlife biologist, Jeanne Murphy on why we should give the turkey its well-deserved appreciation. Register today
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 2pm
Why It Matters: The Endangered Sawfish of Tampa Bay (Webinar via Zoom)
Sawfish are large shark-like rays that once were relatively common in Florida's coastal waters including Tampa Bay. Now, Florida's smalltooth sawfish is endangered and scientists are striving to learn as much as possible about this iconic and fascinating fish. In this webinar, Tonya Wiley (President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation) will share interesting facts about sawfish, updates on current research projects, explanations of management tools such as the Endangered Species Act, descriptions of ways you can be involved in the recovery of sawfish, and other information about the unique and endangered smalltooth sawfish. Register today
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10am
Saltwater Invertebrates II: Our Spineless Superheroes, the Sequel! (Webinar via Zoom)
By popular demand, we are diving back into the world of saltwater (marine) invertebrates! With over 50,000 plus species from which to choose there are easily over 49,000 plus species still waiting for their time to shine in our spotlight. Join us for talk with Sensing Nature Ecologist Brian Lane as he reveals some amazing marine invertebrates and discover the important role they play, even in our everyday lives. Register today
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2pm
Figuring Out Fins (Webinar via Zoom)
Join us for a talk with Sensing Naturels ecologist Brian Lane as we dive into Florida's saltwater environment and explore what fishes are found in Florida. We'll learn about fish taxonomy and why this is important; we'll learn about fish adaptations and how their adaptations help them survive, and finally, we'll take a closer look at some of our wonderful saltwater fishes that call Florida home!
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10am
Learning Florida Coastal Birds (Webinar via Zoom)
Learn what birds are typically found in Florida's coastal habitats, how are they adapted to live here and if that may give them a unique survival advantage. Join us for a talk with wildlife biologist Jeanne Murphy as she guides you through the wonderful birds found in these salty Florida aquatic ecosystems.
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