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Kayak Tour at Rookery Bay ReserveOn March 31, 2013, Rookery Bay Reserve received a visit from Alicia Taggio, a Social Media Specialist with Flight Centre Canada. She wrote a descriptive blog entry about her experience on one of the Reserve's kayak tours through the mangroves and even made a short video of the tour!

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Clyde Butcher Photos on Exhibit at Rookery Bay Reserve This Summer

Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida, a collection of 29 black-and-white photographs by preeminent Florida photographer Clyde Butcher, will be on exhibit from May 2 through Nov. 14 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center art gallery, 300 Tower Road in Naples. In conjunction with the exhibit, Rookery Bay will show the companion one-hour nature film documentary, "Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida." The film includes an introduction and closing remarks by Butcher and was produced and directed by cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Call 239-530-5940 or visit rookerybay.org for more information about the exhibit and film viewing schedule.

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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dolphinboat12Fishing line has evolved greatly over the years. With so many options available, like monofilament, fluorocarbon, braided line and fiber wire, an angler has plenty of choices to help them land their catch. While these lines contribute to more effective fishing, they can also result in unintended consequences when left behind in coastal areas.

Recently, an eco-tour boat in southwest Florida noticed a bottlenose dolphin with fishing line wrapped around its tail. The line was cutting into the dolphin's flesh, causing a life-threatening infection. They called for help and a multi-agency rescue effort resulted in the  successful capture, treatment and release of the dolphin back into waters in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), a program managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA).

"We removed several kinds of fishing line from the dolphin's tail," said Denise Boyd, research associate with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Florida dolphin12Wildlife Research Institute, who provided assistance in the capture. RBNERR staff helped with logistics, including providing a vessel and knowledge of local waters. Boyd added that it takes many areas of expertise for an effort like this to be successful. Medical treatment was rendered in the water and on shore by veterinarians from Sea World and other partners before the  animal was equipped with a satellite tracking device and released back into the water.

As more Floridians and visitors take up fishing, it's important to recognize the potential impacts of discarded fishing line on sea birds, marine life and more. In addition to entanglement, fishing line can be ingested, snag other anglers' gear, damage boat propellers and can even potentially harm scuba divers enjoying the coral reefs.

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