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We have been challenged, and now YOU have been, too!

Friends of Rookery Bay is participating in Give Where You Live Collier.

We have 24 hours – from noon on Wed., Feb. 15 to noon on Thur., Feb. 16 – to raise as much money as possible… and earn match dollars on top of that!
The first $2,500 we raise will be TRIPLED!

Kayak RaceDecember 10, 2016

Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay.

All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Nov. 10), post-race refreshments, Rookery Bay water bottle and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams, surf-skis.


Early registration costs are as follows:

  • Adventure Race Individual $45
  • Adventure Race Relays/Tandem $90
  • Kayak rental: $20

Register early! Prices increase on November 21st

The race is presented by Up A Creek Kayak Tours and benefits Friends of Rookery Bay, with support from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.



It's time to start thinking about year-end tax deductions. Make a difference by making a donation to the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay. Click the image below to make a donation where it is most needed.

Fall Appeal




mangrovesThank you for donating to our auction! Your generous donation of items or services helps support the Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc. We work with Rookery Bay Reserve to conserve and protect 110,000 acres of lands and coastal waters that support our wildlife, our economy, and our quality of life in Southwest Florida. Funds raised through this event benefit youth science education, research efforts, and stewardship programs.

In exchange for your contribution, you will receive:
• Recognition as an auction donor at event table display and bid sheets, on the website, and in the Auction Brochure (if item received at least 3 weeks before event date).
• The opportunity to provide your collateral for the table display and to the winning bidder(s).
• A tax deduction for your donation (consult your tax advisor as to the extent of the deduction).

Friends of Rookery Bay's Tax ID# is 65-0094703.

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Hosted by the Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association Florida

October 28-29, 2016

Friday night Captain's Meeting 6:00pm: all anglers' reception with silent and live auctions, raffle, cocktails and heavy appetizers at Isles of Collier Preserve.
Reception-only tickets available
Saturday morning Tournament: anglers target snook, redfish, trout
Saturday night Awards Dinner: with cocktails and prizes at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland from 5 to 7 pm
Tournament registration: $100 (includes admission to both evening events and T-shirt).
Anglers may depart from any location they choose at safe light. Boundaries are Gordon River to Lostman's River. Check-in between 2 - 3 pm at Bayview Park (Naples) or Calusa Island Marina (Goodland).

Registration Open

Prize Categories
Cash and non-cash prizes will be awarded per species by total inches. Each team limited to one prize. Teams entering tournament must choose either the Angler or Professionals division. Each division will have the following categories.
(1) Grand Slam
• Combined total inches in length – Redfish, Snook, and Trout
(must catch an eligible fish from each category)
(2) Total Inches
• Highest inches total each species – Redfish, Snook, and Trout
(3) Largest Fish
• Largest Redfish, Snook, and Trout (length)
(4) Youth Division
• All youth anglers receive a participation award
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The Friends of Rookery Bay supports fisheries research and habitat restoration efforts underway within the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Conservation Association FL members protect our marine fisheries resources. Event proceeds benefit both organizations.

Two species of sea turtles nest along beaches of the Cape Romano complex: loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas). Hatching success has improved significantly since 2005 when Rookery Bay Reserve staff, interns, and volunteers began placing cages over the nests to protect them from predators.

The turtles here depend on interns and volunteers to conduct this important work, including:  

  • first-nest-252     daily searching miles of beach for turtle tracks (called crawls)
  •      caging nests to prevent predation by raccoons
  •      recording the GPS coordinates for each nest
  •      collecting and compiling other relevant data

Nests are monitored throughout the nesting season and evidence of predation or inundation (due to high tides/storms) is recorded. After the hatchlings have emerged, interns evaluate the nest contents (empty shells, unhatched eggs) to determine hatching success.

Each year the Friends of Rookery Bay supports an intern who spends the summer protecting sea turtles. Catch up on monitoring activity at the intern blog.
Learn more about the monitoring efforts.

Adopt a Nest NOW!


Nest adoption costs $250 and includes the following:

  • Your name on the cage's "turtle tag"
  • A letter with details of nest location with coordinates, date of expected hatching etc.
  • A second letter with result of hatching
  • Invitation to the Sea Turtle Support party
  • Opportunity to adopt a nest in the coming season

Adoptions or other support received after August 15 will be applied to the coming season. 

Be sure to indicate the name for your turtle tag (max. 22 characters with spaces).

Donations received in the amount of $250 or more are eligible to receive the above benefits, but, you can support these efforts at any level - just click here and enter your own dollar amount.

Thank you!

Watch the video below to see our interns in action! (no sound)


Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Through a program called Amazon Smile, when you shop, Amazon gives a percentage of their profits to the Friends of Rookery Bay. Visit to learn more about this program and select "Friends of Rookery Bay" as your preferred charity.

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