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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:
- To increase public awareness through involvement in educational programs, resource-based activities and special events.
- To develop stewardship and a sense of shared responsibility for our estuaries and our public lands.
- To improve and restore the natural and cultural resources of Estero Bay coastal and aquatic ecosystems.
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.
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.
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
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.
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
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.
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.
Consider becoming a more active member by filling one of these positions.