Tracking the Trackers for 2004
want to introduce you to the actual scientists who are tracking the five
manatees in this year's 2004 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.
Meet The Manatee Scientists:
Jim Reid 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.
and Bob both 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!
Cathy Beck manages the Manatee Individual Photo-identification System (MIPS), a computerized photographic catalog that currently includes 1,400 wild manatees, with information on each individual's travels and behaviors. She also is involved in manatee food habits, vegetation and parasite studies.
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