Friends of Rookery Bay enewsletter July 2012
Rookery Bay Bulletin
'Kids FREE Fridays' Run Through Aug. 10
Join us for:
-- Free admission*
-- Touch tank
-- "Virtual dolphin encounters" featuring live video Q&A with trainers at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Florida
* Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
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NOAA Florida Freshwater Resource Project
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was awarded $815,000 in early 2012 for a three-year project to address freshwater allocation and management, focused on the Henderson Creek watershed. Learn more here.
Adventure Race Day Set
Save the date for the 3rd Annual Rookery Bay Adventure Race sponsored by Up A Creek Kayak Tours: Dec. 8. Registration for the 3k kayak and 4k trail run opens Oct. 1.
Summer Evening Lecture Series
Following our "Whale Tales" summer theme, we scheduled 5 evening lectures about marine mammals. Three remain, including two this month. Doors open at 5:30 pm for wine and cheese followed by the speaker from 6 to 7 pm. Cost is $8/members, $10/non-members. Lecture details and registration (encouraged) at rookerybay.org/upcoming-events or by calling 417-6310 x401.
July 11 -- Denise Boyd, a research associate with FWC, presents "Helping Stranded Marine Mammals." (Photo of Boyd, at right, courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.)
July 26 -- Wayne Hasson, president of Oceans for Youth Foundation and co-founder of Aggressor Fleet, presents "Fascinating Humpback Whale Facts."
Aug 15 -- Kati Therriault, a manatee research biologist with FWC, presents "Manatee Response, Recovery and Research."
Calendar of Events
The Environmental Learning Center is open Monday through Friday now through October 30 and Saturdays from Nov. through April.
Wednesdays (9 to 11 am) - Guided Kayak Trips of Rookery Bay, Henderson Creek and mangrove tunnels. Fee for two-hour excursion is $45 ($40 members); includes equipment, instruction and learning center admission. Details.
Through Sept. 7 -- "Ocean's Edge: The Corridor of Life" art exhibit by Tampa artist Sigrid Tidmore. Most works, plus related books and designed items, are for sale in the Gift Shop.
July 6 -- Kids Free Fridays. See article.
July 11 (5:30 to 7 pm) -- Lecture: Helping Stranded Marine Mammals. See article.
July 13 -- Kids Free Fridays. See article.
July 18 (8 to 11 am) -- Workshop: Florida-Friendly Trimming Practices. Open to the public. Details.
July 20 -- Kids Free Fridays. See article.
July 25 -- Lecture: Fascinating Humpback Whale Facts. See article.
July 27 -- Kids Free Fridays. See article.
View our Daily Programs schedule.
The Marco Shell Club has joined us as a sponsor of National Estuaries Day, which will be Saturday, Sept. 29.
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