September 19-26, 2020

Meet Estuary Heroes from Rookery Bay Research Reserve virtually on ZOOM. Watch live streaming field trips and interviews with Sea Turtle Experts, Shark Researchers, Invasive Species Specialists and Shorebird Biologists. The Friends of Rookery Bay Facebook page will also have crafts for kids and cool videos. Most National Estuaries Week activities are free but registration is required. Go Coastal during National Estuaries Week at Rookery Bay.

Support provided by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.


Virtual Binoculars

Virtual Binoculars | National Estuaries Week | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Sunday, September 20
9:00am – 10:30am

This virtual LIVE birding trip to one of Southwest Florida’s top beaches for shorebird sightings. Adam DiNuovo of Audubon will have all the bird facts and expert tips for your next beach visit.

Birds on the Beach

Baby Birds | Second Chance Island | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Monday, September 21st
9:00am – 9:45am

Head out LIVE to the barrier islands within Rookery Bay for a survey of shorebirds and seabirds … and from the comfort of your home!

Photography Workshop

Photogrpahy | National Estuaries Week | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Monday, September 21st
9:30am – 12:30pm

Want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understand your camera’s features? You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity.

Turtles of the Sea


Tuesday, September 22nd
9:00am – 9:45am

Get up close and personal with Sea Turtle nests from your phone, device or computer! Our turtle team will take you LIVE into the field for the latest updates on sea turtle nesting in the Reserve.

Pythons to Peppers

Python to Peppers | National Estuaries Week | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Wednesday, September 23rd
9:00am – 9:45am

Join our biologists LIVE as we explore the Reserve’s unique upland scrub habitat. We will be on the look out for invasive species, like Burmese pythons, lizards and Brazilian pepper plants.

Virtual Boat Trawl

Virtual Trawl | National Estuaries Week | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Thursday, September 24th
9:45am – 10:30am

Hop on board a vessel with our researchers as we cruise LIVE in the back waters of the Reserve. You’ll find out what fisheries monitoring is all about and see what catch of the day may be.

Meet the Filmmaker

National Estuaries Week | Virtual Meet the Filmmaker | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Friday, September 25th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Hear behind the scene stories from Emmy Award Winning Elam Stoltzfus as he recaps the making of Mangrove Coast with Reserve Staff. See previously unreleased clips from the documentary.

Estuary Trivia

Virtual Trawl | National Estuaries Week | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Friday, September 25th
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Are you an Estuary Hero? Challenge your quaran-“teams” and colleagues on their knowledge of where rivers meet the sea in this interactive platform. Enjoy educational commentary from some special Reserve guests throughout the fun!

National Estuaries Day | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

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