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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Manatee Watch volunteers needed; training session in NSB on Feb. 12

Underwater photo of a mother manatee and her calf swimming in tight formation

Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways. 

Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers. 

Manatee Watch coordinators will host two training sessions:

  • 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 7, at the Stetson Aquatic Center, 2636 Alhambra Ave., DeLand
  • 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach

“The Manatee Watch training is a great opportunity to learn all about Florida’s official marine mammal,” said Debbie Wright, Volusia County’s manatee protection program manager. “With the help of volunteers, we can get a better understanding of how manatees are using Volusia County waterways.”

Manatee Watchers are trained to observe manatee behavior, document manatee sightings, photograph manatees, and sketch scar patterns. Information gathered from Manatee Watch volunteers provides vital manatee information, including behavior, movement within waterways, habitat use and individual identification. Participants will receive a packet of training materials.

The Manatee Watch program is open to individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations. Participants should be at least 16 years old.

The training is free. Advance registration is required; contact Chad Murch at ManateeWatch@volusia.org or call (386) 736-5927, ext. 12839. For more information about manatees and Manatee Watch, visit www.volusiamanatees.org.