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Current Manatee News Features

No Time to Celebrate: Manatees' Future Far from Certain
Read our op-ed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent proposal to downlist
all West Indian manatees from endangered to threatened.

Why Save the Manatee Club Is Opposed To Reclassification At This Time
Learn more

This Valentine's Day -- Adopt-A-Manatee® -- As Sweet as Can Be
Read our press release

Learn More About Manatees And Why They Need Continued Protection
Listen to an interview on Animals Today Radio
featuring Patrick Rose, Executive Director for Save the Manatee Club
The interview starts at the 29-minute mark.

It's Official: Feds Want To Reclassify Manatees As Something Less Than Endangered
Read an article in the Tampa Bay Times, including an interview with
Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Executive Director

Environment Group Warns Against Reducing Manatees' Endangered Status
Read more in The Guardian

The Reclassification Of Manatees Would Be A Grave Error
Read more in The Independent Florida Alligator

Senator Nelson to USFWS: Maintain Classification As Endangered
Read a letter from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to
"...maintain the Florida Manatee's classification as 'endangered,'

On Manatees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Should Consider
Cautionary Tale of the Indian River Lagoon
Read an opinion-editorial piece by Nathaniel P. Reed,
former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
and current Vice Chairman of the Everglades Foundation

U.S. Rep. Castor to FWS: Protect the Florida Manatee
Read the press release and signed letter from Representative Castor and members
of the Florida congressional delegation.

Crystal River Manatee Festival 2016
Read our feature article by Helen Spivey, Co-Chair of SMC's Board of Directors

Manatee Spotted In Trout Lake In Eustis
Read more in the Daily Commercial

Lowry Park Releases Four Manatees At Apollo Beach After Year Of Rehabilitation
Read more and see a photo at ABC Action News

New Medal Unveiled For 2016 Save the Manatee 5K Race

Read our news feature

Shuttered Power Plants Might Evict Manatees
Learn more and see video at WTSP 10 News

Manatees Gather To Brave Chilly Temps

See video at WPTV

FPL Nears Opening Of New Manatee Lagoon Science Center
Read more at the Palm Beach Post

Four Rehabilitated Manatees Returned To The Wild
Read more and see photos at Bay News 9

Watch the Manatee Webcams

Get Information on Manatee Viewing, Responsible Ecotour Operators,
and Protection Tips

Report: 30 Manatees Died In Tampa Bay Waters In 2015

Read an article in The Tampa Tribune, including an interview with Dr. Katie Tripp,
Save the Manatee Club's Director of Science and Conservation

Save the Manatee Club Introduces New Education Efforts
Read our press release

Captains Mike and Stacy Dunn Honored by Club
Read our news feature

Record and Report Manatee Sightings
Read our press release
Please note: Save the Manatee Club asks the public to report sightings of manatees in the
Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico. Go to

Remembering Zewie
Read our article

Manatees and Entanglement
Watch the video

Save the Manatee Club Offers Free Springs Courses for Students and Communities
View the videos or sign up for Blue Spring Adventurers!

Remember the Manatees -- Free Public Awareness Materials Available

App Alert Designed To Help Manatees
Read our press release

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

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February 13, 2016
Save Our Parks
Statewide Day of Action
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February 13, 2016
Open House
Three Sisters Springs
Shuttle at King's Bay Plaza
U.S. 19 & King's Bay Drive
Crystal River, FL
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information,
call 352-563-2088

February 20, 2016

Public Hearing on
Manatee Downlisting
Buena Vista Palace
Convention Center
1900 Buena Vista Drive
The Great Hall
Orlando, FL 32830.
Informational open house:
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Public Hearing:
3:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.
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February 27, 2016
SMC Education Day
Blue Spring State Park
Orange City, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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February 27, 2016
Manatee Observation & Education Center
Fort Pierce, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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March 5, 2016
Sea Turtle Day Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Boca Raton, FL
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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March 12, 2016
Pelican Island Wildlife Festival
Riverview Park
Sebastian, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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March 12, 2016
Whale of a Day
Point Vicente
Interpretive Center
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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March 19, 2016
Viera Wetlands Nature Festival
3658 Charlie Corbeil Way
Viera, FL
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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March 19, 2016
Spring into the Springs Day
Manatee Springs State Park
Chiefland, FL
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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April 7, 2016
Earth Day
Valencia College East Campus
Orlando, FL
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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April 9, 2016
Alligator Lake Spring Festival
Alligator Lake Park
Lake City, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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April 16, 2016
Earth Day
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
San Pedro, CA
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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April 16, 2016
Earth Day Celebration
Sumter Environmental Education Center
Center Hill, FL
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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April 22, 2016
Central Florida Earth Day
Lake Eola Park
Downtown Orlando, FL
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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