LECTURES & CLASSES
Learning with the Experts
Break with the Birds: The Terns Turn
Online admission: $10.00 Limited spaces are available.
Each month this summer, join three avian experts for an online webinar to learn about the amazing migration journeys of seabirds, their nesting habits and daily lives. You’ll view birds through a special live-streaming telescope and take virtual tours of some of the best places see seabirds, from beaches to islands to mudflats!
- May 20 – Discover the Littlest Seabirds – The Least Terns
- June 24 – The Uncommon Lives of the Common Terns
- July 29 – For the Love of Black Skimmer Chicks
- August 18 – Seabirds Tern it Up for the Season Finale
EDscursions: Virtual LIVE Field Trips
Rookery Bay’s EDscursions take participants on virtual field trips through live-streaming technology to explore the waters and uplands of Rookery Bay’s 110,000 acres. Each EDscursion is full of discovery, adventure and learning! Explore a bird nesting island, tromp through mangroves to a beautiful, secret white sandy beach or go on a boat trip to “Find a Fish” with biologists … all from the comforts of home!
- April 9th – Finding Fish
- April 23rd – Fire on the Florida Landscape
- May 14th – Finding Fish
- May 28th – Native Biodiversity in the Reserve
Florida Master Naturalist Program
The March 2021 course is full, but spots do open up occasionally.
Please click below to join the waiting list for the Master Naturalist course.
Essentials of Digital Photography
This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students.
**No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn.**
Virtual Binoculars: Beach Birding with Biologists
From the comfort of your computer, we will taken you on a virtual tour of the amazing mudflats of Tigertail Beach. You will see what birds are out there in real time through a virtual spotting scope while viewing photos and receiving clues to look for to help you identify these birds in the field.
Each month the birds species and their appearance will change so we encourage you to join us for the entire series. No two sessions will be the same!
Virtual Members' Night
Dr. Mike Parsons
Dr. Parsons will address red tide, an issue of concern for many of us living in Southwest Florida. Learn about its history in the Gulf, causes and solutions underway to protect our coastal environment.
6:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions
6:10 PM: Keynote Speaker – Dr. Mike Parsons
6:40 PM: Your Friends of Rookery Bay in 2021
7:00 PM: Program Ends
This Virtual Members Night is FREE and available to everyone including non-members.
Rookery Bay Brush Strokes
- Perfect for beginners
- Spotlights on nature from shells to bird life to local waterways
- All materials are included
- Complete a painting at each class!