The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.

Friends Groups 

FTBR LogoThe Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges Inc is the official refuge support group. The group was formed in 2007 by a few residents of Pinellas County that decided to open a separate chapter from the former Tampa Bay NWR support group – the Friends of Crystal River NWR. 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. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.


Other Partners

Most of Egmont Key would be lost underwater had it not been for the collective support from the Egmont Key Alliance (, the Egmont Key State Park (, and the US. Army Corps of Engineers, who together with the Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuge have kept Egmont Key’s shores literally emerging above sea level over the past 20 years.