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Lunch & Learn Lecture


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 530-5940 

Date and Time

  • Tue, Feb 3, noon - 1 pm
  • Tue, Mar 3, noon - 1 pm
  • Tue, Apr 7, 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. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Tue, Feb 3, 2015, noon - 1 pm
    The Scent of Scandal: Inside the Wild World of Orchid Smugglers
    Truly one of the weirdest "weird Florida" stories ever, the discovery of a spectacular new orchid from South America leads to black market sales in Miami at a price of $10,000 a plant and a grand jury investigation. A look at the bizarre world of orchid smuggling, which resulted in a Florida scientific institution -- and tourist attraction - being charged with violating federal law. Presented by Craig Pittman reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Tue, Mar 3, 2015, noon - 1 pm
    Florida Since 1945 - A Whole New World
    On the eve of World War II, Florida had the smallest population of any state in the South. Today, Florida has just passed New York to become the 3rd largest state in population. Steven Noll is a Master Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Florida. His work focuses on Florida history, environmental history, and the history of disability. His latest book, co-authored with Dr. Dave Tegeder, Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal & the Struggle for Florida's Future, won various awards for Florida history. He has won numerous teaching awards, including being named by the Princeton Review as one of the 300 best professors in America.
  • Tue, Apr 7, 2015, noon - 1 pm
    Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary project: Managing Freshwater Inflow to the Estuary
    The Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary project includes more than a dozen project elements all aimed at understanding and managing the health of the Rookery Bay Estuary through modeling, mapping, historic and current data analysis comparisons, including input from the community. An overview of the project was shared at the Lunch & Learn series last year, and Tabitha Stadler is back this session to report on newly released data related to freshwater inflow to the estuary. The timing, quality and quantity of freshwater that enters the estuary is important to maintain the salinity balance that sustains estuarine life. The data that will be shared includes results of a hydrologic model of both historic and current conditions within the watershed and how that water is potentially effecting the estuary today. This comparison can provide management options for improving the overall health of the Rookery Bay Estuary.

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