Manatee News

Current Manatee News Features

Record Number of Manatees Killed in 2016 By Boats
Read more at CBS Miami

Give Big! Give a Manatee This Holiday Season
Read our press release

Free Resources for Manatee Awareness Month
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Think of the Manatees: Record-Breaking Year for Watercraft Mortalities
Read our press release

Why Save the Manatee Club Is Opposed To Manatee Reclassification At This Time
Learn more and read opinion editorials and letters on this topic

Environmentalists Renew Push to Tear Down Dam
Read more at News4Jax
See Save the Manatee Club's statement on the Ocklawaha River Restoration

Free Manatee Program Available for Schools
Read our news feature and sign up!

Cape Manatee Tracked To The Bahamas
Read more in the Cape Cod Times

Locals Assist in Manatee Rescue
Read more and see a photo in the Citrus County Chronicle

Manatee Rescued Near Jacksonville
Read more and see a photo from The St. Augustine Record

Boating Tip: Manatees Are On The Move
Read more at TCPalm

Changes Proposed To Manatee Zones In Collier County
Read more at Fox4

'Leia' The Manatee Released In Fort Pierce
Read more and see video at WPTV

Seasonal Manatee Protection Zones Go Into Effect In Southwest Florida
Read more and see video at Fox 4

9 Investigates Manatee Deaths in the Indian River Lagoon

Read more and see video at WFTV

Twins Among 4 Rescued Manatees From Florida Now At Ohio Zoo
See more at WTOL

Jimmy Buffett: Helping to Protect Manatees for Over 35 Years
Read more and view our new 35th Anniversary public service ad

Watercraft, Algae are Double Whammy for Manatees in 2016
Read an op-ed from Dr. Katie Tripp, Save the Manatee Club's Director of Science and Conservation

Stranded Manatees Rescued by Huge Team Effort
Watch our video and learn more

Annie Has A New Calf!
See the photos

Manatees and Watercraft
Watch our video featuring interviews with experts and actual stories of injured manatees

Why Are Florida's Manatees Dying Again?

Read more in The Christian Science Monitor, including an interview with Dr. Katie Tripp,
Director of Science and Conservation

Scientists and the Public Support Keeping Manatees' Endangered Status
Read our press release

Manatee Experts Raise Concerns About Proposal
To Reclassify Endangered Animal As Threatened

Read more at WMFE

Don't Lessen Manatee Protections
Read an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel

More Than 22,000 Comment On Proposal To Re-List Manatees As Threatened
Read more in the Tampa Tribune

Manatees Remain Endangered Species
Read an editorial in the Ocala Star-Banner

Downgrading Manatee From 'Endangered' Status To 'Threatened' Too Risky
Read an editorial in the Bradenton Herald

Manatees May Be Downlisting From Endangered To Threatened
Watch the video from NBC Nightly News featuring an interview with Patrick Rose,
SMC Executive Director

Manatee Down-listing Debate Pits Science Against Opinion
Read more at The Tampa Tribune, including comments from manatee scientists such as
Dr. Daryl Domning and Dr. Benjamin Morales as well as Dr. Katie Tripp, Save the Manatee Club's
Director of Science and Conservation

Advocate: Manatees Still at Risk
Read a Q & A with Dr. Katie Tripp, SMC Director of Science and Conservation,
in the Orlando Sentinel

Florida's Manatees Are Still In Danger
Read an editorial from the Miami Herald

Florida's Vanishing Springs
See a multimedia presentation from the Tampa Bay Times

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December 10, 2016
The Florida Manatee –
Homosassa Library
Homosassa, FL
10:30 a.m. - noon
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December 10, 2016
Orange City
Christmas Parade
Volusia Ave., French to Ohio
Orange City, FL
5:00 p.m.
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December 15, 2016
Presentation by SMC’s
Dr. Katie Tripp
Marine Discovery Center
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
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December 17, 2016
SMC Adopt-A-Manatee® Day
Ellie Schiller Homosassa
Springs Wildlife State Park
Visitor Center
Homosassa, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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January 14 & 15, 2017
Florida Manatee Festival
Downtown Crystal River, FL
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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January 28 & 29, 2017
Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Valentine Park
Orange City, FL
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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February, 18, 2017
2nd Annual Wildlife Festival
Lyonia Environmental Center
Deltona, FL
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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February 25, 2017
SMC Education Day
Blue Spring State Park
Orange City, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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March 18, 2017
Pelican Island
Wildlife Festival
Riverview Park
Sebastian, FL
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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April 22, 2017
Central FL Earth Day
Lake Eola Park
Orlando, FL
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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April 22, 2017
Annual Earth Day Celebration
Sumter Environmental Education Center
CEMEX Center Hill mine site
Center Hill, FL
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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May 20, 2017
14th Annual
Save the Manatee 5K Run
Lake St. Clair Metropark
Harrison Township, MI
Sign up for the race or the Virtual 5K!
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