Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.[1]

The Rookery Bay and Ten Thousand Islands ecosystem is a prime example of a nearly pristine subtropical mangrove forested estuary. Rookery Bay Reserve is located in the West Florida subregion of the West Indian Biogeographic Region.

The Environmental Learning Center, located at 300 Tower Road in Naples, Florida, features a 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits about the park's natural and cultural history. Exhibits include the reserve's plants, animals, ecosystems and threats from climate change, and the history of its human inhabitants, including Native American life, pioneers and the ecological preservation movement in the 1960s. An art gallery features changing exhibits of nature in art. An authentic Seminole chickee was constructed outside. The Center also features an auditorium, gift shop, classrooms and research laboratories.

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  1. ^ It is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Office in cooperation with NOAA. National Estuarine Research Reserve System overview of Rookery Bay, website accessed on 4 Nov 2006

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