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July 15, 2019

arizona850As an intern in the Communications department at Rookery Bay, my eyes have been opened to a different world. If you're like me and enjoy fishing, you're surrounded by a lot of animals and nature all the time. I have always appreciated my surroundings while out on the boat enjoying the salty air, vast waters and my favorite type of plant life - the mangroves.

Since I was a kid, mangroves always fascinated me. The way they are so strong, but yet so complex. Being on the water so often I never got to look at what's underneath the surface of the mangroves. I only zoomed in on the thought of where the redfish was and how I was going to catch my prize fish.

Walking into the Environmental Learning Center the “attention getter” is the large, 14-foot sculpted mangrove that is partially submerged in a 2,300-gallon aquarium. On the side of the aquarium, you'll find a climb-in "bubble" that puts you up close with the fish, and you can really observe how complex and crucial the mangroves are for providing the fish with a habitat.

The Mangrove Aquarium will always be my favorite exhibit because it offers visitors an experience that can only be found at Rookery Bay. It is unique, beautiful and incredibly detailed. Rookery Bay Environmental Center may be indoors, but this exhibit gives you a true feel of the environment surrounding it.

Arizona Birzgalis-Quintana, Communications Intern

July 22, 2019

abc7ABC7's Kristen Clarke stopped by on July 22 to talk about our Breakfast with the Birds series and nesting shorebirds with Audubon Florida's Adam DiNuovo and Rookery Bay's Sarah Falkowski for the ABC-7 Morning Show.

Click Here to see a clip.

Make sure to join us August 20 for the final lecture in the Breakfast with the Birds series - Water Quality and Seabirds - The Lost Summer of 2018

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July 1, 2019
turtle blog2 turtle team dock 2502019 Sea turtle season at Rookery Bay is currently in full swing with a grand total of 68 nests and 43 false crawls for the Cape Romano Complex. Kice Island is taking the lead with the most nests of the six islands – a whopping 30 nests! Each day, we are finding anywhere between one to four new nests off the beaches of the Cape Romano complex. In addition to the everyday adventures of field work, we have also had some exciting highlights.

June 17, 2019

Keewaydin Island coexisting nesting birds and caged sea turtle nest Peak nesting season for seabirds, shorebirds and sea turtles is in full swing at Rookery Bay Research Reserve. As different wildlife species settle in to nest on area beaches, they often end up practically side by side!

A visit within the reserve to Keewaydin Island offers a prime example of this type of coexisting beach nesting behavior with caged sea turtle nests and roped off areas for nesting Wilson’s Plovers and Least Terns only a few short feet from one another. Currently, five pairs of plovers are nesting on Keewaydin and 233 sea turtle nests have been discovered.

May 28, 2019

turtle intern first nest 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it's finally here! Sea turtle nesting season has begun!

In the early morning hours of May 8, the turtle team headed out to Cape Romano to do our daily sea turtle nest survey. While walking along Morgan Beach, we discovered our first false crawl. Full of excitement, we headed to New Beach where we saw another crawl. This time, however, it was a nest! Woohoooo! That meant it was time to get to work.

After analyzing the crawl and carefully digging, we located the eggs. We caged the nest and recorded our data - all with the help of our volunteers, Brian McLaren and Sally Ganem. Everyone was so excited we finally had our first nest!

kids with shark 250WHAT: Kids Free Fridays
WHEN: Every Friday, June 14 - Aug. 2, 2019
             9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
            300 Tower Road
            Naples, FL 34113
HOW: Admission is FREE for children 12 and under; must be accompanied by an adult.
Adult admission is $5 (free for members).

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