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Tony, a rescued Eastern screech owl, was on display,  as part of the activities during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Tony, a rescued Eastern screech owl, was on display, as part of the activities during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff

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  • Owen, a barred owl, was on display during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Ben Miller, 11, left, and his sister Sarah, 7, right, look at Tony, a rescued Eastern screech owl, part of the many activities during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Alex Orsolini, 1, center, watches a crab that was on display in the touch tank during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Carly Gibb, Education Specialist, places a crab back into the touch tank during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Tony, a rescued Eastern screech owl, was on display,  as part of the activities during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A family watches a film in the auditorium during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Scenes during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Makenna Tate, 5, touches a horseshoe crab held by Carly Gibb, Education Specialist, while Tate's grandmother Eleanor, left, looks on during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Carly Gibb, Education Specialist, places a crab back into the touch tank during the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event, which runs from Friday through Sunday features a touch tank, movies, live music and nature walks. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Jim France special to the Eagle
Volunteer, Jim White of the Audubon Center For Birds of Prey, attended the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. With Jim is Francis, a Bald Eagle who came to the Audubon Center in Maitland, Florida at 2 days old.
The event which ran from friday through Sunday featured various educational displays, a touch tank, live music and nature walks.
  • Jim France special to the Eagle
Francis the 19 year old Bald Eagle with respitory problems, on display Saturday at the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay.  The even ran Friday through Sunday and featured a touch tank, live music, educational movies and nature walks.
  • Rookery Bay environmental manager Randy McCormick talks ecosystems with a group of kayakers surrounded by mangrove islands.
  • Paddlers get a closeup look at Rookery Bay and its mangrove habitat, during a field trip Saturday. The Southwest Florida Nature Festival included events at Rookery Bay's ELC, and events all around the area.
  • Volunteer Carly Gibb shows a horse conch, Florida's state shell, to Jarred Rice Saturday at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.
  • Guide Susan Cone briefs paddlers before their kayaking expedition as part of the Rookery Bay Nature Festival. The festival included activities all over Southwest Florida.
  • Guide Susan Cone holds up a cluster of oyster shells for boaters, during a kayaking expedition as part of the Rookery Bay Nature Festival. The festival included activities all over Southwest Florida.
  • Guide Susan Cone, rear, brought up the egg casing of a moon snail from the mudbanks of Rookery Bay for the group to see and hold.
  • Kayakers pass Rookery Island, careful not to get too close and disturb the birds, on Rookery Bay Nature Festival field trip on Saturday.
  • Jim France special to the Eagle
Mary Bergeron-Mull with Visitor Services and Volunteer Barbara Bruce at the Rookery bay Environmental Learning Center. They welcomed visitors to the 2011 Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event ran from Friday through Sunday and featured exhibits, movies, live music and nature walks.
  • Jim France special to the Eagle
Audubon EagleWatch Coordinator, Lynda White shows off Cinnamon the red-tailed hawk with eye damage. They were part of this year's Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay. The event ran Friday through Sunday and featured nature walks, movies, live music and a touch tank.

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