Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. An amazing world exists within the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters of Rookery Bay. Where rivers and streams meet the sea, a unique habitat is formed. A myriad of wildlife, including 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, thrive in the estuarine environment and surrounding upland hammocks and scrub found within the Reserve. The reserve welcomes kayakers, boaters, campers, anglers, shellers, beachgoers, birdwatchers and nature photographers. Explore on your own along a marked paddling trail or take a naturalist guided boat or kayak tour. They also offer lectures and classes - check out the website for current offerings.
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