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FL - Rookery ed coordinator speaks to CAP

Sarah Falkowski, education coordinator, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve presented an informative briefing on the environment that Marco Island Senior Squadron (MICAP) flies over regularly. Rookery Bay – the area MICAP and its members call home.

Sarah Falkowski, education coordinator, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve presented an informative briefing on the environment that Marco Island Senior Squadron (MICAP) flies over regularly. Rookery Bay – the area MICAP and its members call home.

Falkowski delighted the audience with factual content interspersed with interesting video and good humor.

She explained, RBNERR is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Florida International University, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association.

The long history of area that now makes up Rookery Bay’ 110,000 acres dates back to the Calusa Indians. The Calusa were indigenous people who inhabited much of coastal Southwest Florida approximately 2,500 years ago. Evidence and artifacts of their culture and society are still being discovered in what is now Rookery Bay, a current sanctuary for sea and wildlife which began its inception in the 1960’s.

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