In countless streams, rivers, and springs throughout the Crystal River area you're able to swim with these gentle giants in part due to the constant efforts of all those involved.
While Citrus County has continually reported some of the lowest manatee deaths in the state, our work is far from over. Working in tandem with Save Crystal River and Save the Manatee Club, we've committed to continued education and conservation efforts. Together we can make a difference for the future of manatees in Crystal River and across the state of Florida.
Thanks in part to the consistent temperatures of the Florida Springs. With the temperature of our springs staying a mostly constant 72°F/22°C throughout the year, we're the perfect winter home for manatees!
With over 200 of those manatees counted being calves—there were likely many more manatees that were not seen during the survey. This info, paired with verified manatee counts, suggests continued manatee population growth in the area, a fact we’re incredibly proud of and thankful for.
Learn from local experts. Explore Crystal River through the eyes of our favorite seasonal residents. Continue your education on conservation-related efforts with in-depth stories designed to provide tangible ways to support our mission.
Whether you're an eco-conscious visitor ready to do your part or a Crystal River native looking to explain conservation to your children, we've rounded up some of the best content highlighting our conservation efforts. As continued partnerships and initiatives develop, our Blog will serve as a resource library, giving you the tools to help save our manatees.
While our waterways may be lined with aquatic plants for as far as the eye can see, some of those plants aren't native to our waters and can wreak havoc on our ecosystem.Learn More >>
We all have a part to play in keeping our manatees healthy and safe, but where do we begin? Discover the top two dangers our manatees face and how we can help!Learn More >>
Whether you're near or far from Crystal River, you can still keep up conservation efforts from the comfort of your own home, and here are some ways to do just that.Learn More >>
We will consistently refresh this site with ways to be an eco-conscious tourist and local champion for manatee conservation. Outside these helpful articles, you can also help protect manatees in the following ways: adhere to all speed zone signs, watch out for manatees while boating, dispose of trash properly, and support local conservation organizations.
Find ways to become more involved in conservation efforts and get involved locally and beyond with our friends at Save Crystal River and Save the Manatee Club