Monday, January 24, 2022

December at Rookery Bay

December is a busy time at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, with a variety of educational classes and events taking place each week. The following classes require registration unless otherwise noted. Visit for more information.

Essentials of Digital Photography  | December 10 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, this camera workshop is for you. The class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera’s shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students. The class is $55 per person.

Birds of the Beach | December 15 from 8 AM – 12 PM

Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds.  In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually.  Winter shorebirds are notoriously difficult to ID, so practicing the skills learned in this class is essential.  You will learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification.

The classroom session will take place at the Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road.  It will be followed by a trip to Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida, where we will see many of the birds discussed.  Be prepared to wade in water up to your knees, with adequate footwear that will protect your feet (no flip flops).  Collier County beach parking fee applies ($8, free with sticker). This class is geared toward those with some birding experience.  If you are new to birding, we recommend taking the Birding Basics class first. The class is $40 per person.

Lunch & Learn Lecture: Rookery Bay through the Eyes of the Pioneer Family | December 18 from 12 PM– 1 PM

Please join us for the second in a series of six lectures in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve – Rookery Bay through the Eyes of the Pioneer Family. Ray Carroll, Local Historian, will present about the trials and tribulations of early Florida pioneers living along Henderson Creek and in the Rookery Bay Reserve area. Lunch will be provided.

The 2018-19 lecture series will focus on the history of the Rookery Bay area and the establishment of the Research Reserve. Lectures by staff and volunteers will describe 3,000 years of use of the estuary, the grassroots movement to save the bay, fisheries research, the establishment of the Research Reserve and Environmental Learning Center, as well as some of the more recent accomplishments and notable events in the Reserve’s timeline. The class costs $15, and includes lunch.

Birding Basics | December 21 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Enjoy this fun and informative class designed to help you identify birds around you. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. It also covers the effective use of binoculars and field guides. During the second part of the class you will learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park where you can enjoy practicing new skills. The class is $40 per person.

Celebrate Winter Solstice

On December 21, 2018, Celebrate Winter Solstice with BOGO (Buy one get one free) Admission! No registration necessary for this event. You’ll get more than your money’s worth out of the shortest day of the year with a buy one get one free entrance to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples. For more information visit or call 239-530-5940.

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