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National Estuarine Research Reserves - Rookery Bay

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Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Office in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and encompasses two aquatic preserves: Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve and Cape Romano-Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve.

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.

Rookery Bay Reserve is located adjacent to Naples, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the state, and is ideally suited as a regional hub for education and research on estuaries. The mission of the Rookery Bay Reserve is to provide a basis for informed coastal decisions, working in partnership with local communities to promote coastal stewardship.

The main program areas at Rookery Bay Reserve include Research, Stewardship and Education. Visitors are encouraged to begin their exploration of Rookery Bay by visiting the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center or participating in an ecotour. Residents are encouraged to get involved by becoming a volunteer or joining the Friends of Rookery Bay.

Location: Collier County

Acreage: 110,000 acres

Contact: Keith Laakkonen
Reserve Manager
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
239-530-5940
Keith.Laakkonen@dep.state.fl.us

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