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Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve

700-1 Fishermans Wharf
Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239) 530-1001

September 2016

  • Wading and Diving Bird Nest Monitoring
    Sep 13, 14, 20 (9 am), 19 (12 pm)
  • International Coastal Cleanup
    Sep 17 (9 am)
    New Pass in Bonita Springs. Parking is available on both sides of the road.
    The International Coastal Cleanup has been going on for nearly 30 years. Volunteers removed trash from their local beaches and waterways that threatens marine wildlife, human health, and local economies. Please come out and take part in this event to help remove trash from the environment. The trash collected is used to generate data on the prevalence of different types of trash and amounts found in different regions of the world. It provides a global snapshot of the debris on our coasts and in our waterways.

    Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and the Estero Bay Buddies would love for you to join us as we take part in this year's cleanup!
    Please bring gloves and wear close-toed shoes. And don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent! If you want to know more about the International Coastal Cleanup, check out this website: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/.
  • National Public Lands Day
    Sep 24
    About 30% of America's land is public land - from our national and neighborhood parks to our beaches and more. National Public Lands Day, in its 23rd year, is the largest, single-day volunteer event in support of public lands. Join the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve office and the Estero Bay Buddies as we work to protect, connect community members with, and inspire environmental stewardship for the Estero Bay Preserve State Park at Winkler Point. Please bring gloves and wear close-toed shoes. And don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent!

October 2016

  • National Estuaries Day Paddle
    Oct 1, 8:30 am (intermediate paddle, two-hour downstream paddle)
    Oct 1, 9 am (beginner paddle, one-hour downstream paddle)
    Join the Estero Bay Buddies and Estero River Outfitters as we enjoy National Estuaries Day by paddling down the Estero River. Since 1988, National Estuaries Day has celebrated the many ways these special ecosystems enrich our lives. Organizations across the country organize clean-ups, hikes, workshops, and more to support and appreciate their estuaries. More importantly, National Estuaries Day gives veterans and newbies alike the perfect excuse to spend time on the water.
    To RSVP, please call Estero River Outfitters at 239-992-4050.
    On the day of the paddle, please arrive 20 minutes early to check-in and get equipment.  Also, dress for success in clothes that can get wet and bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellent. 
  • Wading and Diving Bird Nest Monitoring
    Oct 12, 9 am; Oct 17, 11:30 am; Oct 18, 12 pm
  • Monofilament Madness
    Oct 29, 7:30 am - 12 pm
    Mound House, Fort Myers Beach
    The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve office and the Estero Bay Buddies will be participating in the annual Keep Lee County Beautiful Monofilament Madness event and would love for you to join us! Monofilament fishing line is pervasive in the marine environment and presents an entanglement threat for marine life as well as wading and diving birds. Please come out and take part in the event to help remove fishing line and other trash from the environment. Please bring gloves (to protect your hands from hooks), something to cut fishing line and wear close-toed shoes. And don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent!

    Space on the EBAP boats is limited so please let us know if you would like to participate with us.  Otherwise, see Keep Lee County Beautiful for additional ways and locations to participate.

November 2016


December 2016

  • Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve 50th Anniversary - Dinner and Silent Auction
    Dec 2, 6 pm
    Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort, Bonita Springs, Florida
    Tickets: $75
    The dinner and silent auction will be the culmination of statewide events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Florida's aquatic preserves and acknowledge the citizens involved in the grassroots movement to protect Estero Bay over 50 years ago. A historical retrospective, oral history footage and keynote speakers will take you back in time through the rich history of Estero Bay and the aquatic preserve program. Renowned photographer and longtime friend of the aquatic preserves, Clyde Butcher, will be in attendance, and all guests will receive a signed poster commemorating the 50th Anniversary.

    Proceeds benefit science education programs provided to Lee County students, science-based internship programs, and community outreach activities within the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and Estero Bay Preserve State Park.
  • Wading and Diving Bird Nest Monitoring
    Dec 7, 9 am; 14, 11:30 am; 20, 9 am; 21, 9 am

 

Last updated: September 27, 2016

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