Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Part 5

Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Southwest FloridaSaturday 26 April 2008Part 5: The Osprey (aka, the “sea eagle”) The rookery was practically teeming with osprey. They make their nests on top of the channel marker signs, and boats can cruise by them and even stop at a respectful distance to observe them. There were generally two … Continue reading Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Part 5

Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Part 3

Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Southwest FloridaSaturday 26 April 2008Part 3: More About The Mangroves Dr. Jackson told of a time he went to Costa Rica and visited old growth mangroves, which were a hundred feet tall and 3 feet in diameter. He said we don’t have old growth here in Florida any more because … Continue reading Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Part 3

Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Part 2

Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Southwest FloridaSaturday 26 April 2008 Part 2: Into The Rookery Dr. Jerry Jackson Dr. Jerry Jackson is a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. He’s kindly and energetic, and demonstrates a keen, bubbling-over enthusiasm for his subject, namely – birds! Dr. Jackson doesn’t always do this eco-tour; I have the … Continue reading Sunset Cruise on Rookery Bay, Part 2

Some FUNky facts about the osprey

I adventured last week with some fellow nature lovers to Estero Marsh Preserve, a Lee County Conservation 20/20 property in Fort Myers, Florida, where we encountered this beautiful osprey. She was quite vocal and animated about something as we passed by the huge slash pine where she was perched. Here are some FUNky facts I’ve … Continue reading Some FUNky facts about the osprey