Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office
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.
Latest News from the Rookery Bay Reserve
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.
Please join NERRA in welcoming Rookery Bay’s new Research Coordinator, Jay Black, to the family!
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.