Rookery Bay Overview Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.
An amazing world exists within the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters of Rookery Bay. Where rivers and streams meet the sea, a unique habitat is formed. A myriad of wildlife, including 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, thrive in the estuarine environment and surrounding upland hammocks and scrub found within the Reserve. Backwater Arial The mission of the Reserve is to provide a basis for informed coastal decisions through land management, restoration research and education. The Reserve works in partnership with local communities to promote coastal stewardship.
The Rookery Bay Research Reserve is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Managed Area Boundary
Field Research View the Reserve’s managed area boundary.
Base image provided by Collier County Appraisers Office.
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Research staff and visiting scientists conduct research and monitoring within the watersheds and boundaries of the Reserve
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Collaborative efforts include analyzing the impacts of mosquito control aerial spraying, mangrove and oyster reef ecology, restoration ecology, estuarine fisheries, and nutrient cycling....
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Education & Outreach The primary focus of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s education program is on-the-water trips that emphasize estuarine and coastal ecology.
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Coastal Training Program Providing workshops targeting coastal management professionals, and include topics ranging from watershed restoration and invasive plant control to marine mammal recovery and oil spill response
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