EBB Officers

Terry Cain

Vice President:
Dorothy McNeill

Reggie McNeill

Jim Wohlpart
Board Members
Terry Cain
Laura Carr
Sherry Furnari
Dorothy McNeill
Reggie McNeill
Sis Newberry
Pam Rokoskie
Jim Wohlpart
Sasha Wohlpart


Bay Wildlife
Roseate Spoonbill
Bald Eagle


Estero Bay Buddies Home Page

Mission and Goals

The Estero Bay Buddies (EBB) is a non-profit Citizen Support Organization (CSO) for the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and the Estero Bay Preserve State Park. The mission of the EBB is to support the further protection, conservation, restoration, management and the enhancement of the natural and cultural resources of the coastal and aquatic ecosytems of the Estero Bay estuary and watershed for the enjoyment and appreciation of current and future generations.

The goals of the Estero Bay Buddies include the following:

Any person regardless of age, sex, race, religion, national origin or possible handicap who supports the purpose of the Estero Bay Buddies is eligible for membership.

Estero Bay Buddies Code of Ethics

Estero Bay Buddies Annual Membership Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Event Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Aboard the Good Times Charter Vessel
4765 Estero Blvd. (behind the Publix)
Fort Myers Beach, FL.

Note: Please arrive by 2:45 pm as the boat leaves the dock on time.

Space is limited, the first 15 Estero Bay Buddies members to sign up and confirm will be on the trip.
Call 239-707-3015 to make a reservation.

Earth Day
Date: Saturday, April 12
Event Time: 9:00 am to early afternoon
Location: Riverside Park, Bonita Springs
Speaker: Joy Hazell from Florida Sea Grant, 10:00 am

International Coastal Cleanup / Keep Lee County Beautiful
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Event Time: 9:30 a.m. till noon

Come out and support Estero Bay Buddies (EBB) and Keep Lee County Beautiful (KLCB) for the International Coastal Clean Up. This event is the only one during the year where data cards are used to record the type and estimated weight of marine debris collected. This information is sent to the Ocean Conservancy where the information is used in the development of new environ-mental protection acts that hopefully change behaviors that cause marine debris. There will be different staging areas where data cards, gloves and bags will be handed out.
Please call Trish of KLCB at 239-334- 3488 or Terry Cain of EBB at 239-707-3015 or visit www.klcb.org for more information.

Monofilament Madness & Environmental Expo
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fish-Tail Marina

The Keep Lee County Beautiful Marine Cleanup (a.k.a. Monofilament Madness) is an annual event during which vol-unteers go out in boats, kayaks, canoes, and jet skis, to re-move monofilament fishing line and other harmful debris from the mangrove areas of Lee County. The boaters begin working at safe light (dawn) and continue until around noon at which time they are treated to a Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue by Sam Galloway Ford. Because of the focus on fishing line, the project committee has affectionately dubbed the cleanup “Monofilament Madness.” It is hoped that through educational awareness, the people who are causing the problem will be reached and their behavior modified so that, among other reasons, wildlife will be spared agonizing deaths from entanglement in monofilament fishing line.

National Estuaries Day Paddling Event
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Estero River Outfitters
20991 South Tamiami Trail, Estero, FL

In honor of National Estuaries Day, the Estero Bay Buddies, with help from the Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program and the Estero River Outfitters, are offering two paddling trips on the Estero River: Beginner Paddle (1 hour), which starts at 8:00 am and Intermediate Paddle (2 hours), which begins at 8:30 am.
Call (239) 992-4050 to register. Cost is $10 per person.

The Buddies need you to help us grow and thrive. 
Consider becoming a more active member by filling one of these positions.
Positions open:
Board Member -  Love the Estero Bay area, have good ideas about engaging the public in environmental education, or just like to be on the water or on state lands?  Become a board member!  People interested in this position need to attend monthly board meetings, help out with events and have an over all love and appreciation for the environment.  Join like minded people that want to help preserve and protect the Estero Bay and its watershed area.  Interested persons should attend the annual meeting scheduled on Saturday, April 14 at Koreshan State Historic Site (3800 Corkscrew Road Estero, FL 33928) from 9:00am until noon. 
Newsletter editor - Interested in spreading the word, getting in contact with people or flexing your creative ideas into a fun and engaging document?  Become the next newsletter editor!  This position is the life blood of the Buddies, disseminating information on a quarterly basis to the Buddies membership.  Interested individuals should contact the Estero Bay office at (239) 463-3240.
Agency on Bay Management Member (ABM) – The Estero Bay Buddies have a seat on the ABM, a nonregulatory advisory body. The ABM meets the 2nd Monday of each month. We are interested in interviewing members of the Estero Bay Buddies who could sit on the ABM as our representative to provide comments on anything impacting the Estero Bay.