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Rookery Bay is located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands (photo) on the Florida Coast of the Gulf, about 5 miles south of Naples, Florida. Sources of freshwater drainage include sloughs, strands, tidal creeks and channels, surface and sub-surface sheetflow and canals.
The bay has been designated as a National Estuarine Research Reserve, and is one of the few undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. It is part of the Ten Thousand Islands (see link below) and forms one of the largest mangrove-forested regions in the world. The upland vegetation consists of pine flatwoods and dry-zone scrub. The bay provides habitat for recreationally and commercially important fish and shellfish. The area is home to 150 species of birds and 16 species of commercial valuable fish and shellfish species. Other species in the bay include dolphins and manatees.
Coordinates: 26.00° N 81.38° W
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Florida DEP), Rookery Bay. Located on the web at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/southwest/rookery/info.htm
National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), Rookery Bay. Located on the web at: http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/nerr/reserves/nerrrookery.html
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System (Rookery Bay NERRS). Located on the web at: http://www.rookerybay.org/
National Estuarine Research Reserve System - Rookery Bay, Florida
USGS - Ten Thousand Islands and Rookery Bay
Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Rookery Bay
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Keywords: Pine, Flatwoods, Mangrove, Scrub, Rookery, Bay, Estuary
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