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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.

Explore the impact of Rookery Bay’s educational programs, including their online learning which is connecting people to the estuary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Reserves Benefit Local Economies

Reserves Benefit Local Economies

National Estuarine Research Reserves are a positive influence on local economies, according to a new study which calculated the direct and indirect economic contribution of Reserves in Florida, Oregon, and New Hampshire.

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Coastal Resilience Briefing: April 8, 2021

Coastal Resilience Briefing: April 8, 2021

Join NERRA president Keith Laakkonen in collaboration with other NOAA partners on Tuesday, April 8th from 2:00-2:30 EST for a virtual briefing on collaborative frameworks for coastal resilience.

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Rookery Bay Offers Nation’s Best Kayak Tours!

Rookery Bay Offers Nation’s Best Kayak Tours!

Rookery Bay Reserve’s eco-tour program is #1 for best kayak tours in the nation from USA Today. These award-winning tours are put together in partnership between the Friends of Rookery Bay and Rising Tide Explorers.

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Rookery Bay Reserve, Florida