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Two rehabilitated manatees released Monday

Two rehabilitated manatees released Monday

 

HOMOSASSA, FL - Two manatees rehabilitated at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park were released Monday at Three Sisters Spring in the Crystal River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service picked up the manatees, named CC Baby and Krystal, from the park and transported them to Three Sister Springs for release.

Manatees and cold weather

Manatees and cold weather

Citrus County, FL -- The cold weather is creating a dangerous situation for manatees in Florida, including in Citrus County.

Wildlife officials say that manatees suffer from potentially deadly cold stress when water temperatures dip into the 60s. Boaters are encouraged to slow down as the manatees make their way to warmer water.

An estimated 111 manatees in Florida died last year due to the cold.

Students: Learn what it's like to work for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Students: Learn what it's like to work for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Crystal River, FL -- The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers unique full-time internship opportunities for students seeking a more formal experience working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Students can help make a difference and support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by assisting in the conservation of public lands and the protection of our natural wildlife resources and their habitat.

The Chassahowitzka NWR Complex offers two categories of full-time internships:

Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Service Operations:

Bring mom to hug an Alpaca

Bring mom to hug an Alpaca

Citrus County, FL -- Alpaca Magic USA is holding a free open house this weekend, May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Located just east of Historic Homosassa Springs, Alpaca Magic USA is the home of about 100 Suri and Huacaya Alpacas. 

In 1996, they started out with just two pregnant females and have grown to become one of Florida's largest alpaca farms. 

Alpaca Magic USA is a family owned and run business.

Track manatee mortality in new ways

Track manatee mortality in new ways

The FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has announced a new update to the way you can track and search one of our local wildlife treasures - the manatees!

The endangered species populates the Tampa Bay area heavily and, sadly, when one manatee dies, it has wide-reaching negative consequences to the entire population. Now there is an updated way to track their mortality rate and hopefully explore ways to decrease it.

The Manatee Mortality Web Search has been updated to include data from March 2010, during which four manatees died in Citrus County.  The search enables the user to search for manatee mortality information by county, cause of death, and date from 1974 through March 31, 2010. 221 manatees have died within Citrus County in that time.

Meet the manatees!

Manatees are an endangered species, extremely people-friendly, and one of the best parts of Crystal River's natural habitat - all reasons why we tend to want to protect and admire them.

Seriously, how cute are these (not so) little guys?

There are several businesses that let you swim with them yourselves, including River Ventures, who posted this video on YouTube. Try it next time you have a sunny day off from work!

FWS tallies just over 600 manatees at local refuge

FWS tallies just over 600 manatees at local refuge

Crystal River, FL - Manatees struggling to stay warm are seeking refuge at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the total at 621 manatees after completing its most recent aerial survey of the area. Sixty manatees were also counted from land at Three Sister Springs.

According to Citrus County Chronicle Online, there were 468 adults and 48 calves in King's Bay, three adults in Crystal River, 27 adults in the power plant discharge canal, 70 adults and five calves in the Homosassa River, and three adults and one calf in the lower Homosassa River.