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Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay

Naturalist Dick Ginevan delights Sophia Lucky with the chance to hold a horseshoe crab at the touch tank.

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Naturalist Dick Ginevan delights Sophia Lucky with the chance to hold a horseshoe crab at the touch tank.

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  • Sophia Lucky, 6, gets in character as a wild animal.
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Volunteer naturalist Susan Cone takes a group through the woods. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center.
  • Naturalist Dick Ginevan delights Sophia Lucky with the chance to hold a horseshoe crab at the touch tank.
  • Volunteer Jeanne Taylor, right, displays a manatee skull to Debbie Mulcahy. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center on Collier Blvd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A wild hog is one of many skulls on display.
  • Emily Troisi of Old Naples Surf Shop, right, instructs on paddleboarding before taking out a group on Henderson Creek.
  • Emily Troisi of Old Naples Surf Shop instructs on paddleboarding before taking out a group on Henderson Creek. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center on Collier Blvd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Nadia Payne returns from a kayak excursion on Henderson Creek. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center on Collier Blvd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mary Berger, right, directs visitors at Rookery Bay HQ.
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center on Collier Blvd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Artist and fishing guru Alex Suescun delivers a lecture with angling tips. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday at the Environmental Learning Center on Collier Blvd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Christine Cook, left, points out fish in the mangrove aquarium.

Along with the nation's other NERRs, or National Estuarine Research Reserves, Rookery Bay celebrated National Estuaries Day on Saturday. The Reserve offered a host of displays, lectures and activities, all to allow people to understand the vital role that estuaries play in the life and health of our natural surroundings.

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