Manatee Defense Workshop 2012

Annual Manatee Defense Workshop & Eco-Adventure

Manatees are very curious

Respectful interaction with a manatee calf

For an excellent overview of this workshop, our philosophy on eco-tourism and manatee conservation, please see the article “Beautiful Sirens: The Lure of Florida’s Manatees and the Reality of Eco-Tourism” in Living Green Magazine. This is the ORIGINAL manatee workshop, operating in the area, yearly, since 2009.

Where: Renovated, private old-Florida plantation, Inverness FL and Crystal River, FL

Dates: Late January to early February (specific dates TBD)

Leader: Samantha Whitcraft, Director – The Selkie Society and Harvard-trained conservation biologist

Staff: Professional photographer, boat captain, and vegetarian cook

Speakers: Local advocates, manatee rescue volunteers and biologists

Attendees: This workshop is designed for adults and children 8+ years old who want to learn about how to combine field work and respectful wildlife interactions with community advocacy for wildlife. The only requirements are the ability to swim and a sense of adventure. This will be a small, intimate group of 12 maximum.

Itinerary:

(Thurs) Day 1: PM – Arrive at our private plantation, orientation, vegetarian dinner; optional nature walk on the extensive grounds and to the lake.

(Fri) Day 2:  AM – Snorkel with manatees, Crystal River; PM – vegetarian dinner and seminar “What is responsible Eco-tourism?” by Samantha Whitcraft

(Sat) Day 3: AM – Snorkel with manatees and data collection, Crystal River; PM – vegetarian dinner and  Community Night Party with local advocates, wildlife biologist, and citizens.

(Sun) Day 4: AM/PM – Homosassa Springs State Park – manatee rescue/rehab or canoe trip on the beautiful Rainbow River; PM – vegetarian dinner and optional, night-time, guided nature walk.

(Mon) Day 5: AM- Workshop summary and departures

Cost: $850 pp double occupancy includes all vegetarian meals, accommodations, boat(s) and park fees. $600 pp double occupancy for college students; $500 for high school students. [class projects/extra credit welcome]

(Does not include beer/wine, snorkel equipment or airfare/airport transfers)

**A percentage of profits goes to fund marine conservation and community education-outreach in South Florida.

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For more information and to reserve a spot please contact Samantha Whitcraft at Tropical.Selkie@gmail.com

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Picture highlights from past Manatee Defense Workshops…

Beautiful manatee habitat, Crystal River FL

The beautiful manatees of Crystal River

Canoeing on the Rainbow River, FL

Private plantation houses; our accomodations

100's of acres to explore

Community Night!

Team-buidling!

For more pictures, visit our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TropicalSelkie

Join us! Email Samantha Whitcraft at Tropical.Selkie@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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One response to “Manatee Defense Workshop 2012

  1. Hello good day, have the dates for the Manatee Workshop been finalised?

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