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A portrait of Florida Governor Bob Graham, circa 1979. Photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida

SMC Co-Founder Bob Graham Passes Away

We reflect on the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, a champion for environmental conservation and wildlife protection.

 Adoptees in Blue Spring. Photos by Cora Berchem, Save the Manatee Club.

A Tie Rocks The Adoptee Attendance Race

The Blue Spring manatee season started on November 6 with a manatee count of 76 and ended on March 1 with a manatee count of 38.

An above-water photo of Ariel rolling onto her side, with some light scarring visible on her left side.

HSWSP Welcomes A New Rehab Manatee

As the wild manatees are seen less and less frequently due to the heat, the park has welcomed a new rehabilitating manatee named Piper.

Millie's immense size is easily identified in the clear water of the Silver River. Photo courtesy of CMARI.

Millie Takes Another Trip; Vector Shows Up At TECO

Millie and Vector were both spotted, but the others remain elusive as the weather warms up and manatees are beginning to travel.

A manatee seen in Alabama's Dog River in April 2024. 
Photo courtesy of Corinne Graddick, DISL/MSN contributor.

Manatee Education And Outreach Around Alabama

Manatee sighting season has started on the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, and the first sighting in Alabama waters has already been reported.

Manatee rescuers use a hoop net to capture orphaned manatee calf Tink Tink. 
Photo by Save the Manatee Club.

Flapjack Rescued Again; More Releases

Late winter to early spring was a busy time for manatee releases in Florida, including 18 releases at two parks in just two weeks.

There are over 300 manatees in this drone image! USFWS permit number of image: MA66527c and LOA PER0079137. Photo courtesy of Jamison Smith, Blue World Research Institute.

Using Drones For Manatee Research And Conservation

We’ve utilized drones for several purposes with manatees, including rescue operations, observing behavior, and evaluating body condition.

From left to right, Maya Greven, Mark Kateli, and Shelby Theisen, after planting all morning. 
Photo courtesy of Ben Hastings.

Fertilizer-Free Landscaping

To be more sustainable as an organization, we are in the process of transforming the grass lawn at our new office into a nearly 100% native landscape.

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Expanding Boating Safety In Mosquito Lagoon

Due to shifts in manatee distribution and seagrass regrowth, we’re advocating for increased safeguards against watercraft-related mortality.

A mature seagrass bed in the Florida Keys. Photo by Cora Berchem, Save the Manatee Club.

How Seagrass Grows And Why It’s Important

Explore the vital role of seagrasses and learn how these underwater plants mitigate climate change, the threats they face, and what we can do to protect them.