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Rookery Bay Reserve Events for Spring and Summer

NAPLES, FL (April 22, 2013) – The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve updates its schedule of events for March and April. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road. During April, hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. From May 1 through Oct. 31, the center is closed on Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for members, unless otherwise noted for special activities. For more information, call 239-530-5940 or visit

Project Greenscape TrainingOn Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Project Greenscape hosted the "Good Plant, Bad Plant, Right Plant" landscaper training class at Rookery Bay Reserve. Over 100 landscapers attended and received continuing education units to enourage more sustainable landscaping practices in Southwest Florida. 

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  -Serving as Honorary Chair for the Batfish Bash for the Bay-

NAPLES – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in cooperation with the Friends of Rookery Bay, is welcoming Dr. Guy Harvey as the honorary chair for the Batfish Bash for the Bay fundraiser on Saturday, March 16.

"We are honored that Dr. Harvey has joined us in this capacity and will attend our signature event," said David C. Gordley, Batfish Bash chairman and Friends of Rookery Bay board member. "People throughout southwest Florida are familiar with his artwork that depicts many species found in local waters and that celebrates fishing, boating, conservation and other recreational activities enjoyed by people in our community. It's a natural tie-in with the work done at Rookery Bay to protect our environment."

Donna PaceRookery Bay Reserve Employee Receives State Award

March 5, 2013

Donna Pace, operations management consultant at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, was recently recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection with a Star award. Given this year for the first time, the Star award was presented to three percent of the department's highest performers around the state, recognizing them for exemplary work and dedication
to the agency's mission of environmental stewardship.

Using GPS to map shorelineMarch, 2013

Jill and Beverly on the research staff braved red tide and being chased by a big dog to map the shoreline along the south end of Keewaydin Island.  Jill will be going back out to finish mapping the north end to complete the entire shoreline.  In addition, Bev also mapped several areas at the south tip to guide the bird posting this spring.  The southern tip has accreted ¼ mile since the project started in 1998!  The island is eroding in other areas.


2013 SWFL Nature Festival "Living off the Land" Cultural Tour Photo Gallery

This tour was a special field trip offered through Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at the 2013 SWFL Nature Festival.

(Naples News, January 18, 2013)

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