Migration Update: March 17, 2004
Field Notes from Susan Butler: What's Attracting Manatees Offshore?
It's a really exciting time to track the manatees. As you'll discover in today's maps and data(on Web), several manatees have now been traveling offshore to the outer islands of TTI and Cape Romano.
This time of year, we do tend to see them making regular trips to these outer islands. Do you have any idea what might be taking them out there? Or what they're up to once they get there? Can you identify which manatees have been going "offshore"? Think through what you already know about why manatees move where they do when they do. Then see if you can answer:
to Latest Data and Individual Manatee Maps:
and I'll have more news again soon.
Ranger Wayne's Video Challenge Part II: Can You ID a Moving Manatee?
Students and Manatee Sleuths,
Climb In the Classroom Cockpit!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in the airplane for one of the aerial manatee counts? How high would you fly? What kind of plane would you use? What would you watch for? And what possible connection is there between Rice Krispies and doing aerial manatee counts?
Well climb aboard and get ready for take-off, because today is your chance to find out! And after you've safely landed, come back and try making an Aerial Manatee count for yourself, below.
Instructional Strategy Spotlight: ListMaker Activity
What do the manatees look like to you from up in the air? Airborne's Ackerman's favorite description was that they looked a little like Rice Krispies in coffee. But we bet you can come up with some other descriptions. What do the manatees look like to you? Brainstorm a list of all the things you can think of that manatees might look like to you from an airplane.
What's Your Aerial Manatee Count?
Now that you're safely back on Earth, sitting in the comfort of your classroom chairs, can you count each and every one of the manatees that scientists saw in this photo?
Now Playing: Amazing Manatee Adaptations: Lungs
In addition to their behavioral adaptations (such as migrating to avoid cold temperatures), manatees also have several unique PHYSICAL adaptations. We'll talk about several of these adaptations over the next few weeks.
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The Next Manatee Migration Update Will Be Posted on March 24, 2004.
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