Programs, Tours and Events at Rookery Bay Reserve February 2018

February 2 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Birding Basics

Enjoy this fun and informative class with Randy McCormick designed to help novice birders identify birds. The classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species, as well as effective use of binoculars and field guides. Attendees will then learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills.

February 5 – March 28

Photography Annual Exhibit

Hosted by the Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County, the annual exhibit includes juried works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, works share a central theme of flora and fauna.

February 8 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Art Gallery Opening Reception: Annual Photography Exhibit

Photography exhibit opening reception – enjoy wine and cheese and mingle with the artists, supported by the Friends of Rookery Bay and United Arts Council of Collier County.

February 12 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understand your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This 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. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has more than 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate with a wide variety of students.

February 12

Darwin Day

In celebration of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers buy one, get one free admission. Cannot be combined with other offers.

February 17 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Birds of the Beach Workshop

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. The classroom session is followed by a field trip to practice identification skills.

February 20 | 12 – 1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

Hear from expert speakers and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture Series sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). This month’s lecture, Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida, recounts the life of Dr. Anna Darrow who, in 1909, became only the second woman doctor licensed in Florida. Portrayed by Florida Humanities Council Chautauqua Scholar Carrie Sue Ayvar.

February 24

Science Saturday

Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month. This month’s theme is The Wonders of Water.

Learn more and register for tours and events at

Friends of Rookery Bay member discounts apply to most events.

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