FRIENDS OF ROOKERY BAY
Making a Difference
Raised through the Norris Gaynor Scholarship to fund interns
Amount of increased federal funding across 29 reserves to support graduate students
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.
Friends of the Community
- Participate in outreach events to increase awareness and recruit volunteers
- Mobilize partners and resources to support the 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.
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!
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.”