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See larger Volunteer Rob Wilson gets his batfish on. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Volunteer Rob Wilson gets his batfish on. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Boys will beÉPaul Westberry, left, and son Ryan play with the 3-D slide viewers. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Rob Wilson gets his batfish on. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kayakers head off down the creek. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Guerds Jeang suits up to try kayaking. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Rob Wilson gets his batfish on. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Polka Dottie the Batfish, Rookery Bay's mascot, is portrayed by Katie Pulling. The National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island resident Keegan Morgan, 4, takes the controls of a stationary mullet boat. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteers help launch kayaks on Henderson Creek. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • CISMA's Greg Curry displays the skin of a 14 ft., 9 in. python found in the Reserve. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Anna Isaroskul gets an assist into her kayak from volunteer Paul Westberry. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ariz Mendoza, 4, learns about de-hooking from Paul Milici of the Marco Island Sportfishing Club. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marisa Maag, from left, Rosa Cruz, and Anna Isaroskul try kayaking on dry land before venturing out on the water. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • JRobert pulls out his swamp music, and garb, for the occasion. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Jeanne Taylor shows lightning whelk egg cases at the touch tank. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated Estuaries Day Saturday, with free admission and activities at the Environmental Learning Center on Henderson Creek. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

There was a strong Marco presence at Rookery Bay’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on Saturday for the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s celebration of Estuaries Day. This is appropriate, with the 100,000 acres under management by Rookery Bay surrounding Marco on all sides, and the ecological stewardship the Reserve provides of critical importance on this barrier island.

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