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Manatee Awareness Month program Jan. 19

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Manatee Springs State Park will host a variety of featured guests on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of its celebration of Manatee Awareness Month. With the cooler weather, the featured guest will be the manatee, along with partners in manatee protection awareness, education and enforcement. Various agencies will have booths set up so visitors can enjoy learning about the “gentle giants” and how to protect them.The Manatee Spring, the head spring at Manatee Springs State Park, emits mineral-rich water at a constant 72 degrees which provides a warm water haven for the manatee when other bodies of waters' temperatures decrease below 68 degrees. Activities for Saturday program are free with a paid park admission in January. For more information  call the park at 352-493-6072. For more information, visit  www.FloridaStateParks.org. Manatee Springs State Pare is at 11650 N.W. 115th St., Chiefland.