FRIENDS OF ROOKERY BAY

Making a Difference

$150,000

Fundraising

Raised through the Norris Gaynor Scholarship to fund interns

$2,000,000

Advocacy

Amount of increased federal funding across 29 reserves to support graduate students

5000 Outreach

Connections to the local community

55 Volunteer Recruitment

Number of volunteers recruited for education, research and conservation projects

Working together to protect a unique environment

We see Rookery Bay protected forever—a working landscape, where people, industry, and nature thrive together. As one of the last remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America, Rookery Bay will remain a wellspring of life and a source of inspiration.

OUR IMPACT

Friends of the Community

  • Participate in outreach events to increase awareness and recruit volunteers
  • Mobilize partners and resources to support the Reserve

Friends of the Community Impact | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

#1 Kayak Tours in the Nation

  • We connected with 295% more people by expanding from 6-month to year-round boat and kayak offerings with our exclusive eco-tour partner, Rising Tide Explorers, who was voted the #1 Kayaking Tour by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2020 Awards.

Rising Tide Explorers | Guided Kayak Tours | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Record Sea Turtle Nest Adoptions

  • 60 adopted nests funded Claire Charde’s sea turtle internship and project suppliesfor the Reserve’s turtle program. 142 nests were identified and protected against predation, resulting in 7,122 emerged hatchlings!

Sea Turtle on Beach | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Boat Tours Accessible for All on “Dino Days”

  • A generous donation by Carol Donahue, in honor of her late husband, provides access for all. “Before Mike died of ALS, he asked that I donate our boat to an organization that would use it to allow other people with disabilities to experience the joy of being out in the water. Friends of Rookery Bay, with all of its educational programming, is the perfect organization to carry forth Mike’s passion.”

Dino Days Boat Tour | Ecotours | Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Become a Friend of Rookery Bay

Support this amazing and important ecosystem today and know that your impact will be felt for generations to come.

VOLUNTEER

Take a hands-on approach to supporting our efforts.

DONATE

Your donation will positively impact our coastal treasure, Rookery Bay Research Research.

MEMBERSHIP

Join our family - become a member and take advantage of of membership perks and privileges.