Mission statement: Protect and restore natural ecosystems important to birds and other wildlife through responsible activism and education.


BLack Skimmer and Chick
Photo by Jim Gray

Barbie Ranck - Shell Key Supporter
We are saddened to announce the passing of a good friend and vital supporter of Shell Key Preserve: Barbie Ranck.

Alva and Barbie Sholty

Just getting together for ice cream with Alva, Barbie and Paul Blair

A “Celebration of a Beautiful Life” for Barbie will take place on Friday, July 3 at Boyd Hill Nature Park from 7-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Petersburg Audubon.

Barbie's Favorite Bird - Black Skimmer
Barbara Jean Ranck, (Barbie) 67, born December 30, 1947, in 
New Holland, Pennsylvania. Daughter of the late Mary Burkholder Ranck and Howard Hoover Ranck. She died June 20, 2015, surrounded by family and friends at BayFront Hospice in St. Petersburg, FL, after a 6 year courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by husband Alva Sholty. In addition to her husband she is survived by daughter Circe MacDonald, son-in-law David, grandson Brian (Lithia, Florida), sisters Virginia Dissinger, (Glenn A.) of New Holland, PA, Rebecca Zimmerman (Ronald) of Leola, PA, three nieces and three nephews and RoJo her cat. Preceding her in death, Sister Patricia M. Pauly. She is also fondly remembered as “Auntie Barb” by many of her beloved family members.

She graduated from Garden Spot High School, New Holland, PA, Hagerstown Business School, Maryland, and earned a Nursing degree from St. Petersburg College. She also graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a Business Marketing degree. Barbie worked at Palms of Pasadena Hospital where she retired in 2009.

Barbie was an avid member of St Petersburg Audubon Society and integral in the establishment of the Shell Key Preserve.

Least Tern Rooftop 2015


Enjoy viewing an active Least Tern rooftop in Clearwater. Thanks to Mardy and her rooftop volunteers from Clearwater Audubon for monitoring this rooftop.

YouTube Video


Wildlife Rescue Links


To contact any Tampa Bay Area wildlife rescues and rehabbers, visit http://www.wildlifehavenrehab.org/areaResources.php

Tampa Bay Area Wildlife Rescuers


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St. Petersburg proudly announces this year's Student Grant winner.

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Spring Issue

Spring 2015 Issue

Read the latest issue by downloading the PDF from the WingSpan page.

Programs for 2014-15 season have ended. 

Regular meetings will resume on Sept. 15.

Summer season is still very busy for us. There is plenty of opportunities to volunteer. We need Bird Steward volunteers from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
 Visit Beach-nesting Birds page for more information.

Tina Tern Story

Read the Tina Tern story Learn about Least Terns and where they live. Find out how you can help beach nesting birds.

Tina Tern Story


2014-15 Annual Brochure
2014-15 Annual Brochure & Updated Pinellas Bird Checklist




St. Petersburg Audubon's
2014-15 Annual Programs, Field Trips and Events is available to download.

Field Trip details, visit the Field trip page. Scroll to the bottom and read for details. Check out the Calendar to see trips and events. Or download the annual brochure. See the link above.

Pinellas County Bird Checklist
Before you start birding in Pinellas County, download the latest Pinellas County Bird Checklist.