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Sen. Rick Scott announces water policies 3.25.19 250Naples, FL – U.S. Senator Rick Scott hosted a roundtable meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019 to discuss Everglades restoration at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples. Attendees included elected officials, representatives from Audubon Florida, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other partners. Before the ensuing press conference, Reserve manager Keith Laakkonen, left, welcomed the crowd and introduced the senator, who renewed his commitment to preserving water quality and lauded the federal government for their willingness to allocate federal funding for construction projects such as the Hoover Dike.

WHAT: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series: Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker

WHEN: April 16, 2019, Noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113

HOW: Cost is $15, which including lunch.

Register at Advance registration is required.

SW florida mangrove coast 250NAPLES, 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 many of Florida's PBS stations, including WGCU (Ft. Myers) on April 22 and April 28. As part of this project, Live Oak Production Group has also produced a series of video shorts.

View shorts|View list of broadcasts

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.

Learn more about prescribed fire.

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.

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