TBSK Monthly Meeting March- Non-Members Welcome

  • 11 Apr 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Bill Jackson's Shop for Aventure

April's Guest Speaker

Rehab & Release of Manatees at Lowry Park Zoo, by zookeeper Lisa Smith.

 Lisa Smith, zookeeper in the Animal Care Department at Lowry Park Zoo will be the speaker April 11 at the monthly meeting of Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers. The meeting, open to all, begins at 7 p.m. at Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, 9501 US Hwy 19 N in Pinellas Park.

     Smith will discuss the zoo’s program for the rehabilitation and release of rescued Florida manatees. She has worked at the zoo since May 2012 and has assisted with the recovery of more than 80 West Indian manatees.  
     Florida’s state marine mammal is a species protected by state and federal law, however, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recommended the mammal’s protection status be lowered from endangered to threatened. The agency reported manatees are no longer in danger of becoming extinct. 

Attendees will learn how the manatees arrive at the hospital, what they are rescued for, how they are treated and how we decide it is time to go back to the wild.

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