Manatees are in the news…
Mark your calendar for 7pm on March 24, 2022. The Environmental Studies Council and River Kidz present: “Save Our Manatees -How Water Pollution and Seagrass Loss are Killing Florida’s Beloved Sea Cow,” at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart.
Patrick Rose, Executive Director of Save the Manatee, will be speaking. The event will be moderated by Eve Samples of Friends of the Everglades –with the help and input of the River Kidz. Tickets are free, just call the Lyric Box Office at 772-286-7827. See flyer above!
If you are not familiar with Mr Patrick Rose, he is a great speaker, and knows more than just about anyone about manatees. This is a recent update he gave from Save the Manatee to the Rivers Coalition. His words are extremely informative. Just go to 30.00 in link below to hear his seven minute Zoom presentation.
Rivers Coalition 1-27-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwEgM1BMJ4I
Also Dr. Tom Reinard of the Florida Wildlife Commission reported 1-26-22 -with this cold snap- that on 1-20-22 manatees began taking food. This is an unprecedented situation due to the Manatee Unusual Mortality Event in the Indian River Lagoon. Thank you to FWC and cooperating organizations/agencies for doing all they can to help these ancient and gentle marine mammals.
See this link for latest FWC update and to see video of manatees taking/eating Romaine Lettuce.
In closing, I have thought a lot about manatees today. Don’t tell my husband, Ed, but I just adopted a manatee in his name for our wedding anniversary coming up on 2-12-22. Here’s his adoption certificate for Millie. LOVE THOSE MANATEES!