WHAT: Science Saturdays and Eco-Holiday Crafts
WHEN: Every Saturday from October through April, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Reserve staff are incorporating UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) in their research and stewardship efforts. This video was shot by our new equipment during testing on Sand Hill, which is one of the highest points in Collier County at about 22 feet above sea level! It is an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. This site was chosen to test the drone's effectiveness and manueverability in high winds. This equipment will improve our ability to safely and accurately map habitats, and also digitize the effects of prescribed burns, as opposed to taking photos from an airplane which is far more costly and logistically challenging. The two big white buildings you can see in the distance are the Collier County Government Center, and you can also see the Naples skyline toward the end. Enjoy the view!
WHAT: Birding Basics & Birds of the Beach Workshops
WHEN: Birding Basics: Nov. 9, Dec. 21, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Birds of the Beach: Nov. 10, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, and April 6 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
HOW: Preregistration is required, cost is $40 (Friends of Rookery Bay members enjoy 10 percent discount)
Ever wonder about the birds around you? Would you like to be able to identify them easier and better understand their behavior? November – April, Rookery Bay will host two workshops each month for birders – Birding Basics and Birds of the Beach.
As a Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve, I promote and help get the word out to the community about the great work and programs of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve and the aquatic preserves that fall within the Southwest Region of DEP's Florida Coastal Office. Sometimes, on a lucky day, I get the opportunity to visit one of our sites in person to see the programs in action. This past Friday was one such day!
It takes a village.... of VOLUNTEERS.... to pull off National Estuaries Day! We had 668 guests and we could not have done it without all of you. We had 50 amazing volunteers, working different shifts and many staying the entire day. I want to thank each and every one of you, and on our list below we have noted “HS” to indicate the amazing high school students who came from several different schools in the area, in addition to many college students. I cannot say enough about these students. They worked tirelessly, put up with me moving them around all day and did each job with a smile.
October 12, 2018
Over the past week, our avian team has observed magnificent frigatebirds roosting at the ABC Islands Critical Wildlife Area. While they are frequent fliers of our coastal skies, they don't often come down and hang out here, except for when there are higher-than-average winds, like those we've experienced as Hurricane Michael passed by. During yesterday's survey, Anne Mauro spotted a frigatebird floating in the water.