Thank you!

Dear Volunteers,

There are no real words to truly express your value to Rookery Bay Research Reserve and Friends of Rookery Bay. We simply could not operate without you.

We missed being able to celebrate YOU at our end of year BBQ, but look forward to our August luncheon and BBQ next March. Please stay safe and we’ll all be back before long!

In Memory of Don Drake

“Don was a father, brother, mentor and close friend for me and I’m sure for others as well. For the last 4 years, Team OCEAN has been his passion…He was the driving force out there on the water, on the beach or on his computer that got things done. He would push, inspire, support.. His enthusiasm and energy were boundless and contagious..

Make absolutely no mistake, Team OCEAN would not be what it is today without Don’s energy, passion and drive. We have all been offered a lasting legacy of dedication, commitment, and pro-active thinking…I for one will not squander or forget where it came from.”

– Jayson Horadam Team OCEAN Coordinator RBR

Don started volunteering at Rookery Bay before I arrived in 2007 so I cannot take credit for recruiting this gem! Don was on my go-to list of volunteers who I could ask to help with specific tasks when I found myself in a pinch. Always willing to run errands or fill in when he could, in addition to his Team Ocean duties.  He spent his last day doing what he loved most. Our staff has many fond memories of Don and we will truly miss him!

Donna Young, Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator

Done Drake | In Memory of | Volunteer Appreciation | Rookery Bay Research Reserve


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Bob Wickline | Volunteer Appreciation | Rookery Bay Research Reserve


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Nancy Anderson – ELC Docent and Special Events

Bob Alico – Red Tide Sampling (Research)

Jeff Blazejewski – TEAM OCEAN

Erik Hinrichsen – TEAM OCEAN

Rick Lane – Facilities and Shell Island Road

Andy Lindenmuth – TEAM OCEAN and Boat Training

Terry Lumb – TEAM OCEAN

Tom Marquardt – FORB BOARD

Charlie O’Connor – FORB BOARD

Mike Massey – TEAM OCEAN, High School programs and Boat training

Steve Rozen – Facilities and Shell Island Road

Susan Sorrelle – Visitor Services and Special Events


Gordon Hedgpeth – TEAM OCEAN

Gretchen Ridgeway – TEAM OCEAN

Peter Ridgeway – TEAM OCEAN

Steve Rozen – Facilities and Dockmaster

Murray Barnhart – ELC Docent and Special Events

Mike Coke – TEAM OCEAN and Outreach

Bernie McGuire – TEAM OCEAN

Yesenia Olvera – Aquarium Assistant

Peter Schmidt – TEAM OCEAN

John Woods – Rusty Zippers


MaryAnn Coke – TEAM OCEAN

David Crisp – TEAM OCEAN and Errands

Steve Dallner – Rusty Zippers

Gail DeGreef – Visitor Services

Kathleen Donagrandi – Visitor Services

Christy Duff – Fisheries Research and Education

Shane Duff – Fisheries Research

Paul Freeman – TEAM OCEAN

Vicky Gabis – Visitor Services and Special Events

Cheryl Harrington – TEAM OCEAN

Jodie Hebdon – Rusty Zippers

Chester Hincewicz – TEAM OCEAN

Jeff King – Facilities and Grounds

Art Kovats – Education and Docent

Jacquie Lewisy – TEAM OCEAN

Tom Lonergan – Facilities, Grounds and Special Events

Mary Lucas Hertzfeld – TEAM OCEAN

Mike O’Boyle – Fisheries Research

John O’Rourke – Education and Trail Docent

Chuck Pollen – Education, Trail Docent and Special Events

Barb Pollen – Education, Trail Docent and Special Events


Laura Seriguchi – TEAM OCEAN and Special Events

Robbin Seriguchi – TEAM OCEAN, Rusty Zippers and Special Events

Nancy Sheets – TEAM OCEAN, Visitor Services and Special Events

Jim Sinnamon – Grounds, Trail Work and Special Events

Denise Snyder – TEAM OCEAN

Ralph Tesauro – Grounds, Garden and Trail

Steve Wilson – ELC Docent and Special Events

Alex Yanushefski – ELC Docent and Special Events

Therese Schmidt – Garden -Spec mention

Help Make a Difference!

Volunteer at Rookery Bay

Hundreds of volunteers play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and management of our mangrove estuary. Opportunities are endless. Training is provided. A passion for our coastal environment is a must. Join one of our monthly volunteer orientations and learn about supporting our coastal treasure, Rookery Bay Research Reserve!