Rookery Bay Reserve, Florida

State

Florida

State Partner

Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office

Acres

110,000

Est. Date

1978

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres encompass one of the only pristine, mangrove-forested estuaries in the United States, as well as marshes, open water, and upland habitat. The Reserve provides habitat for dolphins, manatees, and 150 species of birds and breeding grounds for blue crabs, stone crabs, snooks, tarpon, and snappers. It is also home to threatened and endangered species, including the Florida panther. Through research and education, reserve staff fight to promote informed management of the estuaries in the region.

 

Did You Know…

The Rookery Bay Reserve contains the largest remaining intact mangrove estuaries in the United States.

Latest News from the Rookery Bay Reserve

Friends Support Bird’s Eye View of Rookery Bay

Friends Support Bird’s Eye View of Rookery Bay

The Rookery Bay Reserve welcomed their 2024 “avian” intern, Zach Matchinski, thanks to the new Sue Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established by the Friends of Rookery Bay to memorialize Miller’s many contributions …

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What did you do last summer?

What did you do last summer?

While summer here at the NERRA “office” was great, we’re more than a little jealous of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s education team, who logged a six day road trip to three other Reserves along the Gulf of Mexico.

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Mangrove Coast Collaborative

Mangrove Coast Collaborative

Zoë Shribman is mad about mangroves, so when she heard about an opportunity to work with the Rookery Bay Reserve on the Mangrove Coast Collaborative, she jumped at the opportunity.

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Rookery Bay Reserve, Florida