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Volunteers and Save the Manatee Club staff attend the Crystal River Manatee Festival in 2023 and educate visitors on manatee-safe practices, help process adoptions, and raffle off a gift basket.
Volunteers and Save the Manatee Club staff attend the Crystal River Manatee Festival in 2023 and educate visitors on manatee-safe practices, help process adoptions, and raffle off a gift basket.

By Gina McClain, Volunteer Specialist

One of my responsibilities (and enjoyments) is giving manatee presentations, in person and virtually, to many kinds of organizations: schools, libraries, and various and varied clubs. Recently, I stood with the members of the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club as we honored the legacy and impact of Jimmy Buffett. I felt great humility and pride in being part of our organization, which has done so much for manatees. As I presented the status of the Florida Manatee to these wonderful and caring people, I was reminded of just how much work we still must do.

Mark your calendars! November is not only Manatee Awareness Month, but also when events pick up:

In December, the manatees are in warm-water refugia, staying safe while we celebrate the holidays!

Happy New Year! We are back for our two largest events in January 2024:

Manatee season is nearly over, so enjoy some of these closing festivals in February 2024:

More Recent News

Several people are in a pool, surrounding a manatee in a tarp that is being lifted by a crane. Another manatee is seen swimming in the pool.

Romeo And Juliet Removed From Seaquarium

A long time ago, the story of Romeo and Juliet began. But these were no fictional and overly-dramatic teenagers—they were manatees!

A young manatee facing forward, resting on a tarp while a rescue team prepares her for release.

Reckless And Churro Go Home!

It has been a busy winter for our partners from the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership, with many rescues and releases across the state.

Two volunteers in bright lifejackets sit on a pontoon boat that has a banner reading, "Manatee Watch."

Multiple Cold Fronts Bring In Hundreds Of Manatees

There was excellent weather to view wintering manatees in the Homosassa Spring, spring run, and sanctuaries. Over 200 manatees were estimated to be in the area!