Manatee Springs State Park hosts a month of manatee programs

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By The Staff

Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland will host a variety of featured guests throughout the month of January to celebrate Manatee Awareness Month. With the cooler weather, the featured guest will be the manatee, along with partners in manatee protection, awareness, education and enforcement.

Special events on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include:

Jan. 23- Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Dorvan Daniels will show their T-top rescue boat and discuss injured and sick manatee rescue operations.

Jan. 30- Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge will bring their mobile dark room and show photographic slides of a variety of manatee rescues and transports.

Manatee Springs emits mineral-rich water at a constant 72 degrees, providing a warm water haven for the manatee when the river temperatures drop below 68 degrees.

All activities will take place at the day use area.

Activities for each Saturday program are free with a paid park admission. For more information please call the park at (352) 493-6072. For more information, visit  www.FloridaStateParks.org.