Manatee

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

Blue Spring is a literal hot spot for manatees

This is the first in a series of articles that will appear occasionally throughout the year on outdoor opportunities worth checking out, both in Florida and, every so often, outside the state. The first centers around my trip to Blue Spring State Park in Orange City. A line of cars forms along a road leading […]

Manatee population continues to recover

Manatee population continues to recover

November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered. The change in status of the species, which was made in March due to increased population counts, is the result of effective protection measures. The manatee […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

WEST INDIAN MANATEES GO FROM ‘ENDANGERED’ TO ‘THREATENED” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release Thursday that challenges remain to ensuring the species’ long-term future, even though the manatee population has increased over the years. The new status won’t diminish existing federal protections and the manatee will continue to be protected […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 4

OFFICIAL: DOG THAT ATTACKED FAMILY OVER SWEATER EUTHANIZED Hillsborough County spokeswoman Kara Walker says the pit bull mix named Scarface was put down because it posed a high risk to the public and because it suffered severe stab wounds during the attack. Tampa police say the dog bit a 52-year-old woman who was trying to […]

FWC in process of reclassifying manatee status

FWC in process of reclassifying manatee status

Katie Tripp won’t argue that the manatee population in Florida is at a healthy level. But the Director of Science and Conservation at the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland doesn’t believe it’s a reason for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to make plans to downlist all West Indian manatees from endangered to […]