Friday, April 10, 2020

Special COVID-19 Message

Dear Friend of Rookery Bay,

We hope you and your family and friends are taking precautions and are in good health. To help safeguard the health and safety of our community and protect 40% of your coastline in Collier County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with Rookery Bay Research Reserve and Friends of Rookery Bay have closed/canceled the following until further notice.
  • Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center and events/programs
  • Shell Island Road, the boat ramp and the kayak launch
  • Volunteer support for programs and public outreach
  • Friends of Rookery Bay boat tours, programs and fundraiser
During this closure, our environment still needs our care. Both Friends of Rookery Bay and Rookery Bay Research Reserve continue to work on behalf of the community to keep our public educated and environment healthy.

Contributions Helped Our Community in 2019 

Staff and interns, inspiring 3,000 4th, 7th and high school students and teachers to be stewards of our coast.
Outreach programs that engaged and educated thousands of residents and visitors
Sea turtle interns and supplies, protecting 104 nests against predation, resulting in over 5,139 hatchlings!
Resources needed to address the most problematic non-native, invasive plants and animals threatening Florida’s beautiful native wildlife and affecting our community.

A Graduate Research Fellowship by advocating for $2 million at the federal level, contributing to a national program across the 29-Reserve system.

You Can Make A Difference

Help us support education, conservation research at YOUR coastal treasure, Rookery Bay Research Reserve.

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