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looking250 CopyOn Friday, April 6, Reserve staff and volunteers conducted a boat tour of the Rookery Islands Critical Wildlife Area for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, hosted by the National Audubon Society, Audubon Florida, Audubon of the Western Everglades, the Friends of Rookery Bay and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association.

amauro 180Please help us welcome our newest staff member, Anne Mauro, who is our new avian specialist. Anne hails from Ohio but has extensive Florida experience through her work with Ding Darling Refuge, Zoo Miami and Audubon Florida in various roles of shorebird and wading bird research.

Hurricane Irma 250Dear Friends of the Reserve,

As a native Floridian, I am always keenly aware of hurricane season. This past summer was already shaping up to be a particularly busy season when Irma formed. For two weeks, long-range models insisted on a major hurricane landfall somewhere in South Florida.

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This is exciting! Our avian team (Kim and Anne) found a red knot with leg bands on Kice Island. With a high-powered spotting scope they were able to make out the code PJM. They learned that it was banded in Seabrook Island, SC on 4/29/2017. This was the first time anyone has seen it since it was banded. It’s always exciting to learn which individuals have made it through the winter!

Learn more about our shore birds and monotoring programs here

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On March 12th, we were pleased to welcome a surprise visitor to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center today! Governor Scott was enjoying some time with family in Naples and chose to spend part of the morning with us.

As soon as she moved from Colorado at the age of 15, Marissa Kelly fell in love with the environment of South West Florida. Inspired by the diversity of our environment, she volunteered at Rookery Bay while in high school. She also completed an internship with stewardship, along with assisting in sea turtle research while attending college at Florida Gulf Coast University.marissa 250

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