Making a Difference



Raised through the Norris Gaynor Scholarship to fund interns



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.


Friends of Research

  • Fund avian interns
  • Purchased & donated the R/V McLeod, a new custom-built vessel to replace a vessel destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Friends of Research Impact | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Friends of Education

  • Fund interns, staff and resources
  • Established the Norris Gaynor Student Scholarship to fund internships through the generous $150,000 donation by Lavern Norris Gaynor

Friends of Education Impact | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Friends of Conservation

  • Manage an Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest Program to raise awareness
  • Fund interns and resources

Friends of Stewardship Impact | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Friends of the Community

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

Outreach | Friends of Rookery Bay | Recruitment | Rookery Bay Research Reserve


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.


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


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