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).
Sea Turtle Intern, Jennifer Gooch, will discuss different aspects of this year's nesting season as well as compare this season to past years. Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited.
The Friends of Rookery Bay presents work from award-winning photographer Dennis Goodman. This local artist's photographs have been published in Gulfshore Life Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, Life in Naples, Naples Scene, Marco Scene, Island Scene, Kiplinger Magazine, Connection Magazine and Views Magazine. His accolades include Nature’s Best Photography Awards, National Audubon Photography Awards, Epson Pano Awards and various art show awards.
This Giants of the Everglades exhibition will be on display from September 22 through November 2.
The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free.
Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month.
This month's theme is Manatees!
Scheduled activities include: Estuary Encounter, Activity Lab, Show & Tell, and Nature on the Silver Screen. Click on the green details button for more information.
Pre-registration is not required. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 to 12 and free for members and children under six. Must pay at door.
Understanding estuaries from the “bottom to the top”
Are you curious about what lives under the waves of our nearshore waters? How are some of the smallest marine critters linked to some of our top coastal predators? At our upcoming home schoolers day, students will use microscopes to view and identify different types of plankton and will learn about the key roles they play at the base of our estuarine ecosystems. After investigating these tiny critters, we’ll move on to activities focusing on some of the biggest predators in our waters and we’ll learn how these two groups of animals are connected and why they are both vitally important for healthy ecosystems.
Cost is $15 (10% discount for members), and includes one child and one adult. Each additional child is $15. Price includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center for the day.
Questions? Contact Dita O'Boyle at 239-530-5976.
Mangrove Trimming and Regulations Workshop
This half-day course will provide landscape professionals with knowledge and skills related to mangrove maintenance. Upon completion of the course, attendees will understand the role and value of mangroves, understand the rules and laws that govern mangrove trimming, and learn mangrove pruning techniques. Attendees will also learn basic mangrove biology and identification. The course will consist of a combination of demonstrations, hands-on learning, discussion, and lecture.
CEUs offered: ISA TBD, FNGLA 4, City of Naples, CFE (Cat 1) 3.
Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have 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.
Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
Description: This tour is a wandering exploration of the remarkable diversity of islands in the heart of Rookery Bay Reserve north of Big Marco Pass. Diversity is a fundamental characteristic of estuaries, and your guide will share stories that reveal the subtle, and dramatic, differences that make our islands so fascinating. Topics include plants, animals, geology, ecology, and more. Learn why these unique islands have been, and will continue to be, important to people. Changing conditions means no two tours are the same.
Difficulty level: 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.
Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
Description: 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 will “get you there”. Wander through the backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals and how they fit into the complex tapestry of this place we call an estuary. Journey back in time and learn how human and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are the same.
Description: An opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your guide and learn about: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, fishes, birds, and more. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet.
Difficulty level: Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from the boat at a dock and walk a 1/4 mile across the island and along the beach.
What to wear: Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).
Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Winter shorebirds are notoriously difficult to ID, so practicing the skills learned in this class is essential. You will learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification.
The classroom session will take place at the Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road. It will be followed by a trip to Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida, where we will see many of the birds discussed. Be prepared to wade in water up to your knees, with adequate footwear that will protect your feet (no flip flops). Collier County beach parking fee applies ($8, free with sticker).
This class is geared toward those with some birding experience. If you are new to birding, we recommend taking the Birding Basics class first.
If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. 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. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. 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.
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