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spoonbill 250WHAT: 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.

chap rescue 1 250Oct. 22, 2018

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!

NED crowd 250It 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

frigate 250Over 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. 

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

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