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Snooty’s 64th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival

Snooty’s 64th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival

Bradenton, Florida -- On Saturday, July 21, the South Florida Museum invites the public to celebrate Snooty's 64th birthday. Snooty is the world's oldest manatee on record and, in addition to coming out and celebrating his big day, he needs your help by joining the Ripple Effect.

The Ripple Effect is the Museum's fundraising campaign to support its Manatee Care Program which feeds Snooty and his friends at the Museum.

Want to trap gators?

Want to trap gators?

Manatee County, FL -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is now accepting applications for contracted nuisance-alligator trappers in Manatee County.

Applicants must have a clean criminal record, no fish or wildlife law violations and a valid, working email address. Also, applicants must reside in the county in which they intend to work.

Applications must be received by Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.

Anonymous donors pledge $10,000 to manatees, hope to start 'Ripple Effect'

Anonymous donors pledge $10,000 to manatees, hope to start 'Ripple Effect'

Bradenton, Florida -- On Monday, July 11, the South Florida Museum will begin a new fundraising campaign aimed at making waves within the community. The campaign, titled the Ripple Effect, was initiated by two anonymous donors who each generously pledged $10,000 to the Museum’s Manatee Care Program and have challenged the entire community to join them in support of Florida’s endangered gentle giants this summer.

The campaign encourages Museum visitors and the general public to donate via phone at 941-746-4131, ext. 35, in person at the Museum or a secure portal available through www.southfloridamuseum.org.

During the month of July, the Museum and local community celebrates Manatee County’s most famous resident, Snooty the manatee, who is turning 63 this year. The Museum hopes to build a stronger, ongoing fundraising program for the care of manatees utilizing the heightened awareness surrounding Snooty’s birthday.

Help Snooty the manatee celebrate his birthday!

Help Snooty the manatee celebrate his birthday!

Bradenton, Florida -- Join Snooty the manatee for his 63rd birthday party from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the South Florida Museum. The annual event, held in the Museum’s outdoor Spanish Plaza, is free for all of Snooty’s friends and fans.  Snooty is the world’s oldest manatee on record.

Snooty’s 63rd Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival will offer children’s games, art activities and free cookies and juice for children. Tickets for games will be available for purchase.  Live animals and special presentations from local environmental and wildlife organizations will be featured at the celebration as well.

An annual birthday card contest open for all children in preschool through 6th grade during the 2010-2011 school year is now accepting entries.

Coyote awareness group started in Manatee

Coyote awareness group started in Manatee

Manatee County (via Bradenton.com) — A woman who lost her Maltese dog to a coyote in her well-groomed subdivision off Cortez Road has started a coyote awareness group named for her pet.

Melody Sweetman-Carpenter’s 10-pound pet, named Ari, was fatally bitten by a coyote on June 17 after it was let outside her Bay Lake Estates’ home for just a few moments to relieve itself.

Her new group, ARI, is an acronym for Arresting Renegade Invaders.

Read more at Bradenton.com.

Manatee County offers tips to avoid residential coyote attacks

Manatee County offers tips to avoid residential coyote attacks

Bradenton, Florida – Manatee County officials advised Manatee residents to properly store trash and to keep pets safe to prevent residential coyote attacks.

“Problems occur when people leave food outside their homes, leave trash available, or allow their cats and dogs to roam the neighborhood,” said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf. “When that happens, you’re providing easy meals to coyotes, inviting them into your neighborhood and encouraging them to lose their natural fear of humans.”

Weiskopf said Manatee residents should report residential coyote sightings to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at (866) 395-4286. He offered the following tips to prevent the threat of coyotes:

Sea turtle released on Lido Beach

Sea turtle released on Lido Beach

Sarasota, Florida - Wicker is a little wetter this morning. The green sea turtle swam away in Gulf waters off Lido Beach after a rehab stint at the Mote Marine Laboratory.

Wicker was rescued near the Wicker Inn in Manatee County back in March lending to his given name. 

The juvenile sea turtle was weak and had tumors on its skin. But the experts at Mote Marine Laboratory soon had Wicker eating again and gaining strength. The sea turtle also had some minor surgery to remove some tumors.