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Outdoors news and notes: Tampa Bay area cleanups on tap

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Bay and Birds Will benefit from cleanups

Tampa Bay is the state's largest estuary. You can do your share to help preserve the bay and its surroundings by participating in a land or water cleanup Saturday, which is National Estuaries Day. Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Tampa Bay's marine and wetland environments, is recruiting volunteers to clean the shorelines of Fort De Soto Park, Clam Bayou, Sunshine Skyway and Palm River from 9 a.m. to noon. Tampa Bay Watch also has partnered with Audubon Florida to recruit volunteer boaters to clean Tampa Bay's bird nesting islands as part of the annual monofilament cleanup, scheduled the same day. For details, volunteers should contact Rachel Arndt at rarndt@tampabay

Shooting champs

Three local youngsters won medals from a national shotgun competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the summer. Sevin Layer, 15 of Palm Harbor, Gabriel Shandles, 11, and David Telford, 12, both of Odessa, won nine medals collectively in the U.S. Clay Target Association National Championships in both skeet and trap. The youths practice at the Skyway Trap and Skeet Club.

Send your outdoors news to Terry Tomalin at or call (727) 893-8808.

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Outdoors news and notes: Tampa Bay area cleanups on tap 09/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 7:46pm]
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