The Research Department at Rookery Bay Reserve monitors water, weather, and wildlife to detect short-term events and long-term change. Like watchdogs for wildlife and wild places, researchers can detect differences before they become problems for the environment, community, or local businesses.
They also conduct scientific research projects, develop maps for scientific, management, and educational projects, and encourage visiting scientists to take advantage of the 110,000 acres of protected water and land to increase our understanding of Rookery Bay Reserve.
Many research projects are conducted in the Reserve to answer scientific questions about the wildlife, plants, and habitats within our boundaries. The projects are conducted by Reserve staff, Graduate Research Fellows, and Visiting Scientists. The results of these projects contribute to our overall understanding of the Reserve and to the Natural Resources Management efforts.