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Local nonprofit Friends of Rookery Bay is sponsoring WGCU’s “With the Wild Things” for the next year. Hosted by wildlife biologist and renowned ornithologist Dr. Jerry Jackson, With the Wild Things is a one-minute look at a particular environmental theme. Topics feature interesting facts about the flora and fauna of Southwest Florida. The program airs weekdays at 7:20 a.m. on WGCU 90.1 FM radio.

“We are excited to align with WGCU to present Dr. Jackson’s informative nature program,” said Athan Barkoukis, executive director of the Friends of Rookery Bay. “Our mission is to connect the Naples and Marco Island community with the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Many of the plants and animals that are mentioned during ‘With the Wild Things’ segments are found in the Reserve, which encompasses 40 percent of Collier County’s coastline and includes the western edge of the Everglades.”

Friends of Rookery Bay board member Milda Vaivada, a long-time local environmental champion, provided a donation to the non-profit organization to support the sponsorship.

“Many of us live in this unique and beautiful part of the world because we are attracted to the natural environment of trees, plants and wildlife that also make their homes here,” said Ms. Vaivada. “Connecting people to Rookery Bay Reserve through ‘With the Wild Things’ sponsorship hopefully will inspire people to explore their Reserve by boat, kayak, stand-up paddle, nature walks, and visit the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s aquariums and exhibits. We protect what we love, and I love the Southwest Florida environment. Rookery Bay belongs to everyone and is our backyard.”

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