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Manatee Sighting Network Public Seminar – September 28

Aug 12, 2013

WHAT: Manatee Sighting Network Education Seminar

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 10am to 11am

WHERE: 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

COST: Free

RESERVATIONS: Call 251-861-2141 x7547; email manatee@disl.org

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network (MSN) announces its first annual safe manatee viewing and volunteer seminar taking place on Saturday, September 28th at 10am at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center.

The goal of this event is to educate local residents about the presence of manatees in Alabama and surrounding waters and how they can safely observe these animals. 

DISL’s MSN will also discuss ways that members of the public can become a part of the sighting network.  Volunteer opportunities include participating in outreach events, responding to manatee sightings, and potentially assisting the MSN team with field assessments. Reservations are strongly suggested, as space is limited - please call 251-861-2141 x7547 or email manatee@disl.org.

MSN relies on the public to report manatee sightings in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  Report sightings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone (1-866-493-5803), email (manatee@disl.org), or online (manatee.disl.org).

DISL’s MSN is the only formal manatee sighting network in the U.S. that is dedicated to receiving and mapping every manatee sighting from western Florida through Mississippi.  MSN’s research focuses on increasing understanding of the life history of the endangered West Indian manatee, providing quality data to guide future management, conservation, and research on manatees and their habitat.


Photo: This manatee was recently sighted in Halls Mill Creek (Credit: Larry Crowder).

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