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Manatee Watch training

Event Date(s)

Begins: March 17, 2017 10:00 am
Ends: March 17, 2017 12:00 pm

Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways. 

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

Manatee Watch coordinators will host two free training sessions:

  • 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 17, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand 
  • 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25, at the Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach

“The Manatee Watch training is a great opportunity to learn all about Florida’s official marine mammal,” said Georgia Zern, Volusia County’s manatee protection program manager. “With the help of volunteers, we can get a better understanding of how manatees are using Volusia County waterways.”

Manatee watchers are trained to observe manatee behavior, document manatee sightings, photograph manatees, and sketch scar patterns. Information gathered from volunteers provides vital manatee information, including behavior, movement within waterways, habitat use and individual identification. Participants will receive a packet of training materials.

The Manatee Watch program is open to individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations. Participants should be at least 16 years old.

Advance registration is required; contact Debbie Wingfield at dwingfield@volusia.org or 386-736-5927, ext. 12235. For more information about manatees and Manatee Watch, visit www.volusiamanatees.org.