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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan Opposes Feds Downlisting of Manatees! April 6, 2016

Manatees swim near the sanctuary at the entrance to Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. ALAN YOUNGBLOOG / GATEHOUSE FLORIDA   Greetings! Today I want to talk about the extremely important topic of downlisting our manatee status from “endangered” to “threatened” by the Federal Government.  On Monday, April 4th, U.S. Rep., Vern Buchanan’s office sent…

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2016 Annual Florida Manatee Count … 6,250! February 26, 2016

  Photo Credit/Miami Herald Greetings! Here’s some great news for you… The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently completed its annual aerial survey and reported a new record of 6,250 manatees!  This is about 200 more Florida manatees than last year. The highest count prior to 2015 occurred in 2010, when the FWC counted…

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Zewie the Manatee Dies from Alabama Watercraft Strike… September 21, 2015

  Hello. I have some very sad news to report to you. One of my manatee buddies, Zewie, who’s been swimming in Alabama’s Mobile Bay has died.  Zewie’s necropsy results along with Alabama’s veterinary examination determined his death was a “probable acute watercraft strike.”  The Dauphin Island Sea Lab [DISL], which began its manatee research…

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SeaWorld Orlando Rehabilitates Orphaned Manatee Calf! September 10, 2015

A female manatee calf is bottle-fed by a SeaWorld animal care expert. The 3-week-old manatee was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Ormond Beach.  Photo Courtesy of (SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.)   I received a new seamail talking about an orphaned female manatee calf being rescued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation in…

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Twin Florida Manatee Calves Born at Homosassa Springs! July 24, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau   Great News! Recently there were two manatee calves spotted with their mother at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park located in Homosassa, Florida.” Ivan Vicente from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, “In the past 10 years, maybe I’ve spotted a dozen sets…

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Fed Agency Under Fire for Manatee Interaction March 19, 2015

Manatee interaction at Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge  Photo Courtesy Scott Audette/Reuters Manatee interaction looks gentle enough at Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. And I’m told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who manage the refuge allow swimming and touching of manatees. However a lawsuit…

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New Rules at Three Sisters Springs Protect Manatees! March 3, 2015

  Photo By Courtesy/Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner Great news for my manatee buddies at Three Sisters Springs!  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just added new rules to help protect manatees from a large visitor increase in recent years. As of Monday, March 2, 2015, the new rules ban kayaks, canoes, and inflatables from the warm…

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Three Sisters Springs Yields to Manatee Herd! January 29, 2015

I learned the recent cold weather has forced a large heard of my manatee buddies (528 manatees) into the warm waters of Three Sisters Springs. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed Three Sisters Springs to swimmers, snorkelers and kayakers.  Manatees are warm-blooded and we need water temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit…

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