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.
Volusia County Manatee Watch Program Begins Training
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)
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.
Who Can Participate in Manatee Watch?
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: VolusiaManatees.org