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Mangrove Ecosystems and Climate Change with Smithsonian Ecologist Ilka Feller
Join us for an afternoon with mangrove experts from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Cost to attend is $35, or free for Friends of Rookery Bay and Smithsonian members. Event includes lecture in the auditorium at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center and guided walk on the Snail Trail.
Mangrove Ecosystems and Climate Change
Nearly 70% of the world's population lives in coastal areas where mangroves and saltmarshes dominate the landscape. Mangroves and saltmarshes are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, supporting the coasts' diverse wildlife and economic resources. But climate change and nutrient over-enrichment are altering the balance.
"Candy" Feller is an Ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and has a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in Biology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
Las Mejores Prácticas de Manejo para la Protección de los Recursos Hídricos de la Florida por parte de las Industrias Verdes, conocidas por sus siglas en Inglés como GI-BMP, fueron elaboradas mediante la colaboración del Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) y las Industrias Verdes.
Esta clase se diseñó con el objetivo de proveer a los profesionales de las Industrias Verdes el conocimiento, la habilidad y las herramientas necesarias para minimizar la contaminación por fuentes difusas relacionadas a estas industrias. Este programa promueve el buen razonamiento para seleccionar las plantas, y el buen uso del riego, los fertilizantes y los pesticidas, para no afectar negativamente al medio ambiente de la Florida.
Poseer el certificado GI-BMP es obligatorio para registrar una compañía de mantenimiento de zonas verdes en varios condados y municipalidades. Adicionalmete, es un prerequisito para obtener el certificado para aplicar fertilizantes del Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), el cual es mandatorio para todos quienes aplican fertilizante de manera comercial en todo el Estado.
Esta clase también otorga las siguientes unidades de educación contínua (CEU's): 4 FDACS, 3 City of Naples, 4 FNGLA, 2 LUF, Hasta 17.25 ISA, 2.5 CFE (CAT 1) y 2.0 CFE (CAT2).
Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit a particularly unusual place in Rookery Bay Reserve. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. Your naturalist guide will help you see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will also learn about the specially adapted trees, shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. This tour allows guests the opportunity to experience a place few visitors get to see. Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied to shore. Closed-toed shoes are reccomended.
In celebration of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.
The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. You will enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the estuary to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the fascinating plants that make this community of life unique and will share interetsing stories of how human history and coastal ecology intertwine. This tour requires the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/2 minle on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes required.
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about all the things you are seeing: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. This island is a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals "living on the edge". Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).
Marine Mammal Stranding Network Workshop
Please join Denise Boyd of the FWC to learn about the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. This workshop offers information on how marine mammals get stranded, the types of strandings that occur in our area and what we can do to help protect marine mammals. This workshop also offers officials, as well as the general public, the opportunity to gain critical knowledge on the latest conservation efforts being implemented to deter anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals and enhance ecosystem health.
This workshop is free and open to all. Seating is limited and registration is required.
Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This tour is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals, but more importantly, how they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Bring your curiosity and be rewarded with discovery and insight. You will journey back in time and learn how human history and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock.
Enjoy this fun and informative class designed to help you identify birds around you. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. It also covers the effective use of binoculars and field guides. During the second part of the class you will learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park where you can enjoy practicing new skills.
This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather for the night. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.
The Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Quality by the Green Industries program, commonly known as the “Green Industries Best Management Practices” was jointly developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the private industries related to landscape maintenance, called the “green industries.” This training is required by the City of Naples, Collier County and the City of Marco Island for landscapers to legally work within their limits and by most neighboring municipalities in Southwest Florida. This class fulfills the statewide Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate Program requirement issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
This program provides the following CEU's: FDACS 4, APA 4.75, FNGLA 4, ISA T.B.D., CFE 2.5 CT 1 CF and 2 CT 2.
Annual open house for Friends of Rookery Bay members to learn about how the Friends are meeting their mission of connecting people with southwest Florida's coastal environment in support of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Lecture title: Belize: My Own Private Jungle
Guest Speaker: Leah Miller
With the cost of living in the U.S. skyrocketing, zoologist Leah Miller set out to buy property in a foreign country for retirement. What she got was a jungle in Belize, rich in wildlife beyond her wildest imagination. Leah will explain her journey, show trail camera photos of her Belizean wildlife, and answer questions about how one goes about purchasing foreign real estate, wildlife habitat in particular.
This talk will provide an overview of 15 years of fisheries data as it relates to altered freshwater flows in eastern Collier County’s watershed with special emphasis on the Picayune Strand Restoration Project and current estuarine conditions.
Patrick O’Donnell joined the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in 1998 as an Environmental Specialist with expertise in fisheries research. In his position, he heads up two fisheries monitoring programs in the Ten Thousand Islands to collect baseline data on fish, sharks and commercially-important shellfish species prior to a large-scale restoration project slated for the southwestern Everglades in the coming decade. His projects utilize VOLUNTEERS to help to collect fisheries data relevant to restoration activities.
Free Neighborhood Lakes and Ponds Management Workshop for property owners and associations
Learn about the challenges that face healthy ponds and lakes in Southwest Florida. Discover how to make your pond healthy and beautiful using native plants that attract wildlife and lower your maintenance costs.
North Collier Regional Park: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Local artist Marjorie Pesek will lead this 3-hour workshop for adults of all levels of creative talent. She will share her unique art technique of Layered Imagery. Participants will be supplied with a sketch on a 9" x 12" stretched canvas, a template of the subject, glue, scissors, and magazines. Marjorie will work with you to create a masterpiece you can take home! Additional kits available for purchase in the nature store. See examples on Marjorie's website by clicking here.
Registration fee includes one adult (ages 12+) and all necessary supplies. Come early and enjoy complimentary admission to the Environmental Learning Center.
Plants play an important role in maintaining landscapes while protecting water quality and, as they store necessary nutrients and water in their leaves, proper pruning practices ensure the growth of healthy plants which would lead to a healthier environment and improved water quality. Pruning can be done with a number of objectives, so it is important to determine your needs (maintainor improve health or vigor, control plant size and form, influence flowering and fruit production, influence the structural strength of the tree, appropriate hedge, etc.) so you can plan and prune accordingly. This training provides landscape professionals with knowledge of environmentally sound skills and tools to correctly prune landscape trees, shrubs and palms.
This program provides the following CEU's: FNGLA, ISA TBD, CFE, City of Naples refresher requirement.
Esta clase refuerza los conceptos de ferlitización obtenidos durante el entrenamiento en Mejores Prácticas para reducir la posible contaminación del agua (Green Industries Best Management Practices); y cubre la definición, tipos, efectos ambientales, aplicación y manejo de los fertilizantes utilizados en jardinería. Adicionalmente, se hace mención de la ley estadal y las ordenanzas locales que afectan el aplicar fertilizantes de manera comercial en zonas urbanas.
Esta clase también otorga los siguientes Unidades de Educación Contínua (CEU’s): 2 FDACS, 3 City of Naples, 4 FNGLA, 2 LUF, hasta 6.75 ISA y 1 CFE (CAT 1) .
More than 200 guests can enjoy cocktail hour and silent auction among the aquariums and art gallery, sunset on the bridge over Henderson Creek, and a wild live auction on the center's back lawn. This year, the Batfish Bash will feature an amazing dining experience with Service By Jordan. Upbeat and catchy music from the Girl Meets Boy band will have you grooving on the outdoor dance floor. Proceeds from the wild live auction will help support research and education for future scientists. Event sponsors include Minto, Arthrex, First Florida Integrity Bank, WCI communities, and many other members of the community.
Learn how to paint favorite scenes and landscapes and to create fantastic skies, gorgeous ocean scenes, trees, mountains and more during this five-day class. Using her book Landscapes in Acrylic as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. During Hammond's class last year, students went home with four paintings ready for framing.
Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Learn more about her amazing talent here.
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