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SW florida mangrove coast 250 NAPLES, Fla. – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the production of a full-length documentary film. The film, titled “Southwest Florida’s Mangrove Coast, is slated to air on WGCU-TV, the Naples-area PBS station, on Earth Day 2019 (April 22, 2019). It will subsequently air on other PBS stations in the state. A preview screening is being planned for the Naples area April 8 at Silverspot Theater in Mercato. A limited number of tickets are available for $20.


fire 250Rookery Bay Research Reserve staff and partners from the Florida Park Service D-4 VIPER burn team, Collier Seminole State Park and FWC Naples office burned 154 acres of scrubby pine flatwoods in the heart of the reserve. The burn effectively reduced the fuel loads and cleared out the understory, providing access for deer, gopher tortoise and other animals that rely on native grasses that are crowded out when the forest thickens. Working with partners is crucial to ensuring the proper resources are employed for maximum safety of staff and adjacent property.

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second chance 250NAPLES, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in collaboration with Audubon Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is working to protect nesting habitat for least terns, black skimmers and Wilson's plovers at the Second-Chance Sandbar. Beginning March 1, the sandbar, which is designated as a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) by the FWC, will be closed to allow for successful nesting of these beach-dependent species.

NAPLES, FL (Feb. 15, 2019) – The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected Friends of Rookery Bay as the Business of the Month for February 2019.

Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.

Rookery Bay Research Reserve is partnering with Duke University on a Science Collaborative project to incorporate ecosystem services into coastal decision making, management and research. During their recent stakeholder meeting, representatives from the City of Naples, Naples Botanical Garden, Coastal Resources Group, Rookery Bay Research Reserve, and Conservancy of Southwest Florida provided input on a framework to examine how mangrove restoration could change ecosystem services provided by the restored habitat. This framework will be used to better understand how proposed mangrove restoration can increase flood protection for adjacent communities, impact property values, enhance key sportfish populations, or provide a case study for education and outreach activities. Once the model is finalized it will be published on the project website so that ecosystem service considerations can be incorporated into a future program or a project in the local community.

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