Manatee Migration Update: February 2, 2000
Field Notes from Biologist Cathy Beck
"Hello to all returning and new manatee trackers! This is Cathy Beck from the Sirenia Project in Florida. I'm back for the 4th year with my fellow scientists, Jim Reid, Bob Bonde, and Susan Butler, and we are ready to go!
Watch For Big News
"Watch for big news in the next few weeks--we expect to tag and release 4 manatees for you to help us follow. They include two males, 'Comet' and 'Brian', and two females 'Xoshi' and 'Calista'. You probably remember Brian and Xoshi from last year - we're going to try again and hope they fare better at this release site!
Bye Mom, I'm On My Own
"Right now you can begin tracking "Ivan", a wild manatee that's never been captive. We tracked him last year when he was just a calf swimming with his mother, Dmitra. Now he's on his own! His latest data are below. He's already tagged and swimming on the west coast of Florida.
Catch Me if You Can
"Enjoy tracking and learning about the manatees this season! We thank you for your interest in these beautiful and unique endangered mammals."
Let the Tracking Begin
Today's Satellite Migration Data
From Cathy Beck's letter above, it looks like Knicky's done it again! Just take a look at her travel data from this fall. After you plot her data, can you answer:
Suggestions for Student Research
Remember that this data gives you a rare opportunity to conduct your own scientific research. For some ideas on developing your own research topics with this data, take a look at:
What other large mammal do you think is a close relative of the manatee? For the answer to this question and general background information about the endangered Florida Manatee go to:
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Questions
Please answer ONLY ONE question in each e-mail message!:
1. Address an E-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. IMPORTANT: In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question #1 (OR #2)
3. In the body of the EACH message, give your answer to ONE of the questions above.
The Next Manatee Migration Update will Be Posted on February16, 2000
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