Research Programs

Wayne Hartley, Save the Manatee Club's Manatee Specialist, has served as a principal investigator for manatee research conducted at Blue Spring State Park since 1980.

SMC has provided funds for equipment used in manatee research such as computers, cameras, diving gear, canoes, research boats, two-way radios, sanctuary buoys, and tracking equipment. The Club has also assisted state and federal governments with research projects such as aerial surveys, seagrass studies, telemetry studies, manatee photo identification projects, population modeling, and the compilation of over two decades of research data on the Blue Spring manatee population in Florida. The Club has also funded physiological studies and has provided funds for a manatee tagging program in southern Georgia. In addition, the Club coordinates a volunteer manatee sighting network to assist in manatee research and management plans.

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