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lunch learn 250What: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series: Rookery Bay Through Their Eyes
When: Monthly (Noon-1pm), November 2018 through April 2019
Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road
How: Cost is $15, includes lunch. Advance registration is required.

Oct. 3, 2018

dy anne 250It’s fall in Florida and so incredibly different than the fall I knew most of my life in the Garden State & NY! Today I had to pinch myself as I was able to get out on a boat in the Ten Thousand Islands, assisting our Avian Ecologist, Anne Mauro, with bird surveys. Beautiful, peaceful, clear sky, gentle breeze and not a soul around, except an occasional boat we came across. Reminders of Hurricane Irma, which was just over a year ago, were still present in in the mangroves as many still had “bald” spots. I looked at them with appreciation not only for their role in this amazing environment but also knowing they take on the brunt of the storms! Mangroves help protect us!

NAPLES (Sept. 21) – Friends of Rookery Bay will hold an Adventure Race and Fun Run from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road. Individuals and teams of two will participate in a 3k kayak or stand-up paddle (SUP) along Henderson Creek along with a 5k trail run. Fun Run participants will enjoy the 5k trail run, and children 10 and younger are invited to participate in a free 1/3-mile Fun Run.

beertender 915Friends of Rookery Bay Executive Director Athan Barkoukis will be the Celebrity Beertender from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Momentum Brewhouse, 9786 Bonita Beach Rd SE #1 in Bonita Springs. Barkoukis will be pouring Momentum beers and sharing amusing environmental facts and jokes to earn tips for the non-profit organization. Friends of Rookery Bay members will receive a special gift from a table set up from 5 to 9 p.m. Maria's El Local Taco Truck will be in the parking lot for guests to purchase authentic street tacos. Guests may also bring their own food or order delivery to the brewhouse. Friends of Rookery Bay supports the Rookery Bay Research Reserve, which encompasses 40 percent of Collier County’s coastline and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. For more information, call Friends of Rookery Bay at 239-530-5971

WHAT: National Estuaries Day - 40th Anniversary Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Film presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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

HOW: Free tours and activities will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

September 1, 2018

tyler and kennedy with bull 250

Working at Rookery Bay Research Reserve has been quite an experience! In addition to the everyday adventures of turtle patrol, I've been able to join in other types of field research and activities recently...

One of the programs I was able to assist with was the reserve's ongoing fisheries monitoring project. Reserve biologist Pat O'Donnell oversees the fisheries study that involves shark research and I was able to assist him on a couple trips. The study targets three bays: Pumpkin, Fakahatchee & Faka Union, and we used a gill net and longlines to bring live sharks on board for tagging and data collection. As you would imagine, this can be delicate work both for the safety of the volunteers and for the sharks themselves, but under Pat's guidance, everyone works together well and it was a fantastic experience. Learn more about this important research.

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