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Published on May 26th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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Learn to Become a Manatee Watcher

Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become “manatee watchers.”

The Manatee Protection Program for Volusia County is looking for volunteers interested in participating in Manatee Watch, a program that focuses on identifying the presence of manatees in local waterways. Come take the training and then use your newly gained skills to help track manatees in Volusia waters.

Manatee Watch coordinators will host training sessions from 3 – 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona; and 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, June 1, at the Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach.

Manatee watchers learn how to document manatee sightings, photograph manatees and sketch scar patterns. Information gathered from manatee watch volunteers helps the state track manatee information, including behavior, movement within the waterways, habitat use and individual identification.

The Manatee Watch program is open to interested individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations.

Participants should be at least 16 years of age.

To register, please contact Trey Hannah at thannah@volusia.org or call 386-736-5927, ext. 12235.

For more information about manatees and Manatee Watch, click here.


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