Saturday, April 10, 2021

An Eco Cruise for Every Interest




From hidden history to endangered species of the estuaries – the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers specialty-themed eco cruises of Rookery Bay on select Tuesdays. This relaxing and informative tour is led by a Conservancy-trained Naturalist. This is a perfect way to show your guests a piece of the real Southwest Florida.

“The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers residents and visitors a very intimate and personal way to learn about Southwest Florida’s environment,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “Taking a ride through the mangroves, guests might spot a dolphin, manatee or a bobcat. It’s a great adventure and you really gain an entirely new appreciation for the our region’s water, land and wildlife.”

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Coming Up

Hidden History –March 15 & April 11
The Rookery Bay area is rich with history – archaeological, anthropological, and ecological. Discover hidden history among the mangrove trees and hear long forgotten stories of this estuary’s colorful past. Explore the threats that this ecosystem faces and how the Conservancy has worked to preserve this pristine environment for future generations.

Endangered Species of the Estuaries – Feb. 22 & March 29The estuaries of Southwest Florida provide vital habitat to many threatened and endangered species including loggerhead sea turtles, manatees, least terns, and a variety of insects, crustaceans, birds and small mammals. Join us as we explore the threats

Submitted Photos

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facing these species and how you can make a difference to protect these animals.

Predators of the Sky – March 1 & April 19
Eagles, ospreys, falcons, oh my! Rookery Bay provides excellent habitat for several species of raptors, including our national symbol, the bald eagle. Join the Conservancy’s Director of Education to learn more about these unique birds of prey and discover why they are critical to Southwest Florida’s ecosystem.

Secrets of Sea Turtles – March 7 & April 4
Come aboard and meet one of the premier Kemp’s ridley sea turtle experts, Dr. Jeff Schmid. Dr. Schmid will discuss the unique features of the Rookery Bay sea turtle habitat and provide a glimpse into his research on one of the most endangered species of sea turtles in the world, the Kemp’s ridley.

Mangroves and More – March 23 & April 27
This special cruise into Rookery Bay explores the importance of mangroves and the many lives that depend on them for survival. Conservancy mangrove expert, Kathy Worley will help you discover how wildlife – and people – benefit from the magic of mangroves.


Conservancy Members:  ADULT: $37, CHILD: $15
General Admission:  ADULT: $47, CHILD: $20

Additional Information

  • Make your reservations online or call 239-213-2500.
  • All cruises are subject to weather conditions and tide.
  • Cruises depart from Shell Island Road at 10 AM.
  • The cruise includes a stop for lunch on Isle of Capri (cost of lunch not included).
  • Eco cruises last approximately three hours.

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