Birds & Wildlife (Helping an Injured Bird)

Rescue groups

a list of Tampa Bay area rescue groups for sick and injured wildlife.

St. Petersburg Audubon is not licensed to pickup, rescue or rehab birds. 

What to Do if You Hook A Pelican

To see the full brochure, select Tips for Unhooking a Pelican or go down to the end of the page to download the PDF.

Unhooking a Pelican    

Thanks to Pelican Island Audubon Society for writing and formatting and Manatee and Tampa Audubon Society for funding for the printing of the brochure.

Audubon Birds of Prey releases 540th Bald Eagle

YouTube Video

Ethics for Photographers

Way too Close

Photo courtesy Florida Audubon Society.
Nature photographers approaching the Richard T. Paul Alafia Bank Sanctuary too closely, despite warnings by Audubon wardens.

The North American Nature Photography Association has endorsed the Ethical Photography Practices; and effective guidelines are being promoted by the Florida Shorebird Alliance and even our local Audubon chapters.


NANPA believes that following these practices promotes the well being of the location, subject 
and photographer. Every place, plant, and animal, whether above or below water, is unique, 
and cumulative impacts occur over time. Therefore, one must always exercise good individual 
judgment. It is NANPA's belief that these principles will encourage all who participate in the 
enjoyment of nature to do so in a way that best promotes good stewardship of the resource. 

  • Learn patterns of animal behavior.
  • So as not to interfere with animal life cycles. 
  • Do not distress wildlife or their habitat. 
  • Respect the routine needs of animals. 
  • Use appropriate lenses to photograph wild animals. 
  • If an animal shows stress, move back and use a longer lens. 
  • Acquaint yourself with the fragility of the ecosystem. 
  • Stay on trails that are intended to lessen impact. 

When appropriate, inform managers or other authorities of your presence and purpose. 
  • Help minimize cumulative impacts and maintain safety. 
  • Learn the rules and laws of the location. 
  • If minimum distances exist for approaching wildlife, follow them. 
  • In the absence of management authority, use good judgment. 
  • Treat the wildlife, plants and places as if you were their guest. 
  • Prepare yourself and your equipment for unexpected events. 
  • Avoid exposing yourself and others to preventable mishaps. 

Treat others courteously. 
  • Ask before joining others already shooting in an area. 
  • Tactfully inform others if you observe them in engaging in inappropriate or harmful behavior. 
  • Many people unknowingly endanger themselves and animals. 
  • Report inappropriate behavior to proper authorities. 
  • Don't argue with those who don't care; report them. 
  • Be a good role model, both as a photographer and a citizen. 
  • Educate others by your actions; enhance their understanding. 
North American Nature Photography Association 
6382 Charleston Road 
Alma, IL 62807 

t. 618/547-7616 
f. 618/547-7438 

Connecting the Nature Photography Community

Florida Birding Links

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute - Chockful of links about Florida birds.
Celebrate Urban Birding - Check this interesting site.

Birds endangered by Hooks and Lines

Hooked Comorant

Tampa Bay Times published an informative article on "Hooks, line pose everyday threat to birds"

Bird Websites

October issue features

The Most Decorated Birds on the Planet

Read and watch the Birds-of-Paradise Project video.
Badbirdz Reloaded
Migrants are on the move.

Backyard Chirper websiteInto the Air
Interesting stories about birds and birdwatchers.

Bird Quiz

Take the Bird Quiz from Florida Shorebird Alliance

FSA provides an online resource for information and materials on Florida's shorebirds and seabirds, and improve the level of coordination and information sharing between the various groups involved in shorebird and seabird conservation across Florida.

Valuable resource for Info about Florida Shorebirds!
  • Beach-nesting Bird Materials
  • Roof-top Materials