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Tracking the Trackers
We want to introduce you to the actual scientists who are tracking the six manatees in this year's Journey North program, and also send our thanks to them in advance for generously sharing their data, information and expertise with us throughout the season.

Cathy Beck, Bob Bonde, and Jim Reid are biologists with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Sirenia Project, a federal program initiated in 1974 to conduct detailed life history studies on the endangered manatee.

Thanks to Cathy, Jim and Bob, you can look at the latest data on the manatees we are tracking.

Meet The Manatee Scientists:

Bob Bonde

Cathy Beck

Jim Reid

Cathy manages the Manatee Individual Photo-identification System (MIPS), a computerized photographic catalog that currently includes 1,042 wild manatees, with information on each individual's travels and behaviors. She also is involved in manatee food habits, vegetation and parasite studies.

Bob and Jim have extensive experience in radio-telemetry techniques, including both VHF and satellite-monitored tracking of manatees. They both also are accomplished swimmers and photographers of wild manatees, often finding it necessary to immerse themselves in their work in order to photograph or tag manatees!

Bob also has 22 years of experience in manatee and whale necropsy studies, and is the Large Whale Necropsy Team Leader for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has flown over 38,000 miles of aerial surveys looking for manatees in Florida, Puerto Rico, Belize, Mexico, and Panama.

Jim has conducted extensive research in Puerto Rico, radiotracking manatees and surveying seagrass habitats. He also is the Project's Argos program coordinator.

Jim is married and has three dogs and one cat. He enjoys hiking, biking, sailing,
kayaking, SCUBA diving, wind surfing, water and snow skiing, and other perilous activities.

Bob and Cathy are married and have a 15 year old son, Michael, an 10 year old
daughter, Julie, one dog, Copper, and one cat, Dusky. They enjoy outdoor
activities, traveling, gardening, and collecting books and beanie babies (-:

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Thanks also to Service ARGOS, the technology company that manages the ARGOS satellite system that is used to receive and organize the tracking data from thetransmitters.

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