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The Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges Inc is the official refuge support group. The group was formed in 2007. Since then, the Friends of Tampa Bay NWR have helped raise awareness and resources for the protection of wildlife and habitat in Egmont Key NWR, Pinellas NWR and Passage Key NWR, including the recruitment and training of about 100 volunteers.

Friends of Tampa Bay Refuges

About the Complex

Crystal River Complex

Egmont Key NWR, one of the three Tampa Bay Refuges (with Passage Key and Pinellas) has its headquarters at Crystal River.

Egmont Key is managed as part of the Crystal River Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Why are some areas closed?


    Certain areas are designated as wildlife sanctuaries and are set aside to provide nesting and resting habitat for sea turtles, shorebirds, colonial seabirds and other migratory birds.

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  • What is the military history on Egmont?


    Ft. Dade was built in 1882 on Egmont Key with temporary gun batteries to protect Tampa at the outbreak of the Spanish/American War. Over 70 buildings were built between 1899 and 1916 and a small town with 300 residents existed.

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  • eBird Tracker

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    See what birds are being spotted here at the refuge with our e-Bird Tracker before you visit!

    eBird Tracker
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2016
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