-- Target Dates of January 10-17 --
Naples, FL – Resource management staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have released plans for their first prescribed burns in 2013. Weather permitting, prescribed fires will commence around 9:00 am Thursday, January 10 through January 17 along Shell Island Road and the Tower Road/Barefoot Williams area.
Rookery Bay staff and volunteers spotted two razorbills along the shore of Keewaydin Island while conducting the bi-weekly bird census. Razorbills are a North Atlantic species related to puffins and, more distantly, penguins. There have been only 14 previous records in Florida but since early December researchers estimate more than 1,000 of these birds have been seen statewide. Razorbills have also been seen locally at the Naples Pier and along Marco Island. Reserve staff also encountered a razorbill carcass that had washed ashore and provided it to researchers for further study.
Scientists and birders have offered many theories as to why razorbills are showing up here at all, let alone in such large numbers, however it will take time for all factors to be considered before any sound explanation can be reached.
Following years of research, planning and fundraising, Phase IA of the Fruit Farm Creek restoration project in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is complete. The project is reestablishing a historic tidal channel adjacent to the Steven's Landing community near Marco Island and ultimately restore 64 acres of mangrove forests.
NAPLES, FL (August 28, 2012) - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) have jointly announced a new partnership that will infuse a marine science component into the exciting line-up of educational programs offered to students and visitors of Naples’ newest cultural institution.