Rookery Bay Reserve staff recently visited Tigertail Lagoon with the Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Module students to study the diversity of life within coastal systems. They used a seine net to reveal several different species, such as: gulf killifish, pipefish, and sheepshead minnow. The Master Naturalist Coastal Module, hosted here at Rookery Bay, addresses society's role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics. This class is one of the many different ways that Reserve staff is continually working to provide a basis for informed stewardship of estuaries through increasing awareness and appreciation for the diverse array of life that resides within Reserve waters.
Check out our Coastal Training for Ecotour Professionals Series for upcoming professional development programs.