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Manatee Sightings Update: December 2023

Manatee Season started at Blue Spring State Park on November 6, when 76 manatees were present and our research team started their daily counts.

A side-view of a manatee with scarring on his flipper from an entanglement

First Successful Manatee Rescue of the Season at Blue Spring 

Shortly after the season started, a juvenile manatee with a badly entangled flipper arrived in the spring run. Rescue crews immediately came to his aid.

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Our Webcams are LIVE Again! 

It’s the time of the year again when our webcams at Blue Spring State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park go live again!

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Gearing Up for 2024 Events and Appreciating Your Support

As the new year approaches, we need volunteers for upcoming festivals and events! But did you know you can also help without leaving the comfort of your home?

Volunteers Tonya Bernhard (left) and Sarah Chair (right) at Save the Manatee Club’s booth at NatureFest. Photo courtesy SMC.

Join Our Volunteer Mana-Team for Exciting Opportunities

As we plan for the full event season beginning in January, we wanted to make sure you know the many ways you can volunteer with us.

Infographic courtesy Endangered Species Coalition.

The Endangered Species Act Turns 50!

The Endangered Species Act legislation was signed into law in 1973 and has played a key role in the protection of endangered and threatened species.

FWC and partners rescue several manatees out of Whiskey Creek in Ft Myers, Photo courtesy FWC.

How do manatees fare during a hurricane?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia, manatee rescue teams have been on the lookout for strandings. Find out more about threats to manatees during these storms.

A broken glitter tube as seen on the boardwalk at Blue Spring State Park. The tubes are made of thin plastic and can break easily, scattering their contents into our waterways.

The Tale of the Glitter Inner Tube

Plastic-filled glitter inner tubes were causing harm to wildlife at Blue Spring State Park. Learn about the importance of collective action to protect nature.

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2023 Manatee Art Contest: The Winners Are In!

Thank you for making the 2023 Art Contest a huge success! We are thrilled to have received an incredible array of artwork from so many talented artists.

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Florida Legislative Wrap-up: June 2023

Florida’s 2023 legislative session: water quality improvements and funding for conservation, but also reduced development oversight and fertilizer restrictions.