Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve wants to broaden horizons concerning the delicate and dynamic ecosystem in our backyard with the Lunch and Learn lecture series. Running from November through April on the first Tuesday of each month, guests enjoy lunch from Carrabba’s as an expert in their perspective field lectures about an environmental topic. The hour long event, 12-1 p.m., is a great way for visitors and residents to learn more about where they live and how they can help preserve it for future generations.
Starting off the 2015-2016 Lunch and Learn series is a subject near and dear to Rookery Bay’s mission: Mangrove forest management and restoration. On Tuesday, November 3, Roy Lewis III, president of Coastal Resources Group, Inc., a nonprofit scientific and educational organization, will give guests a crash-course on the importance of mangrove habitat—not just as a foundational component of estuarine environments, but also as a vital commercial and recreation resource—as well as the work that goes into managing these diminishing ecosystems, and restoration efforts underway here in Florida. Currently working on a 225-acre mangrove restoration project at Rookery Bay near Marco Island, Lewis is an internationally renowned expert in the design and construction of wetlands. He will share his insights into the work being done here in Southwest Florida, as well as his wetland and mangrove forest adventures around the globe.
- The Lunch and Learn lecture series is held on the first Tuesday of the month from November through April, from 12-1 p.m.
- Admission is $15 ($10 for members), and reservations are strongly recommended.
- For more information, call 239-530-5940 or visit rookerybay.org.