Manatee Migration Update:February 7, 2001
Today's Report Includes:
Beck is Back!
Welcome back to Biologist Cathy Beck and her colleagues at The Sirenia Project for a fifth season! Every year Cathy and the team have let us in for a rare look at manatee research as it happens. We're grateful for the opportunity to follow along again this year as they conduct their important research on the endangered Florida Manatee.
Field Notes From Manatee Biologist Cathy Beck
"Hi students! I'm glad to be back with Journey North, and glad that you can join in our latest research projects.All of our scientists are back again too--Bob Bonde, Jim Reid, Susan Butler and Dean Easton.
New Uncharted Territory!
"Right now, we are out capturing, tagging and releasing wild manatees in a whole new unexplored area! It's called Ten Thousand Islands (25.700N, 81.300W) right along the western edge of the Everglades, and we hope to tag 10 manatees here.
"We are just starting to learn about manatee movements in this area. It's all part of a study related to the Everglades Restoration. We anticipate some very interesting movements, especially during mild spells as spring approaches. So watch for big news on the new manatees that we tag!
Surf's Up! Start Tracking Now
"While we wait for news from the "Tag Team", you can begin tracking "Surfer", who is among the first manatees we tagged already for this study. She is an adult female manatee who was tagged and released last June, after being rescued from exposure to the red tide toxin. Surfer's data is below, and we'll have more on her in the coming weeks too."
Today's Satellite Migration Data
(Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey's Sirenia Project)
Note: Use this lesson to help you get comfortable with satellite data, so you'll have a feeling for the distances involved when a manatee's latitude and longitude readings change: Latitude, Longitude and Distance Traveled
(To respond to these questions, please follow the instructions below.)
"We hope to have captured more manatees for tracking by the next report!
Until then, this is Cathy Beck"
Catch Up With Last Year's Manatees
You Eat How Much Each Day?
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, go to:
Coming in the Next Reports
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Questions
1. Address an E-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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