Lunch & Learn Lecture
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
Date and Time
- Tue, Dec 3, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Jan 7, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Feb 4, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Mar 4, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Apr 1, noon - 1 pm
Rookery Bay hosts a lunch lecture series from October through April, with speakers discussing environmental
or local cultural topics. Lunch and dessert provided by Carrabba’s and Costco.
The lecture is free for members and
$10 for non-members and includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center. Limited to the first 50
guests, and members may call 417-6310 x401 to reserve a spot.
- Tue, Dec 3, noon - 1 pm
Love in the Swamp
Lecture given by: Ranger Amy Washuta from Big Cypress National Preserve. Lecture description: From curious
courtship displays to elaborate feats of deception and trickery, join Ranger Amy Washuta to discover how the
animals and plants of Big Cypress National Preserve come together to ensure the continuation of their species.
Learn about the challenges they face in a changing world and our intimate role in protecting them.
- Tue, Jan 7, 2014, noon - 1 pm
Restoring the Flow to the Rookery Bay Estuary - Connecting Science and People for Long-term Community Benefit
Lecture given by: Tabitha Whalen Stadler, Research Specialist and Project Coordinator for the Restoring
the Rookery Bay Estuary Science Collaborative Project at Rookery Bay Reserve. Lecture description: The historic
heart of the 110,000 acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is the small bay, called Rookery Bay
at the mouth of Henderson Creek in south central Collier County. Estuaries need just the right amount of freshwater,
and at the right time of year, to maintain their health and productivity. Learn about the plants and animals affected
by altered freshwater flows, and what you and the community can do to boost the health of the Rookery Bay Estuary.
- Tue, Feb 4, 2014, noon - 1 pm
When Good Plankton Go Bad: Examining Florida Red Tide & Other Harmful Algal Blooms
Lecture given by: Dr. Rozalind Jester, Professor of Marine Science at Edison State College. Lecture description:
Red tide and harmful algal blooms - what are they, why do they happen and how can they affect you and other marine
life. What can you do to help?
- Tue, Mar 4, 2014, noon - 1 pm
Goliath Grouper - Giant of the Reef
Lecture given by: Bryan Fleuch, County Extension Director and Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent. Lecture
description: Management of the goliath grouper, the largest member of the sea bass family in our region, has
become an intensely debated issue in recent years. Once severely overfished, they have made a substantial comeback,
but there is still much to be learned about the reef giants. Join Bryan Fluech, the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant
Extension Agent in Collier County as he will share insights into the life history and management issues surrounding
- Tue, Apr 1, 2014, noon - 1 pm
Artificial Reefs - Manmade Frameworks for the Recruitment of Aquatic Communities
Lecture given by: Chris D'Arco, Senior Environmental Specialist with Collier County's Coastal Zone Management
Department. Lecture description: Learn about the different types of artificial reefs, how they are constructed,
their impacts to the marine environment, and the socio-economic benefits they may provide.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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