Looking at manatees throughout history, this presentation chronicles how this “sea cow” became a beloved symbol of the state itself. Join us Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Keys History & Discovery Center. Book today to attend in person or virtually. CONTRIBUTED

The Keys History & Discovery Center presents a talk on Wednesday, March 9 with “Florida Loves Manatees” by Steven Noll, professor of history at the University of Florida. Prior registration is required.

This lecture examines Florida and its relationship with its state marine mammal – the West Indian manatee. Looking at manatees through history, the presentation tells how this “sea cow” became a beloved symbol of the state, how humans and manatees co-exist, and how this relationship has changed over time. He is also studying the future to see if manatees can survive in a state based on rampant development in a time of rising seas and climate change.
For pre-registration, either in person or virtually, go to www.KeysDiscovery.com/lectures. Registration of virtual participants can be done up to one hour before the start of the conference. In-person registration closes Tuesday, March 8 to ensure adequate seating and appetizers. Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. A cash bar and light bites are available prior to the presentation. Conferences are free for members. For non-members, the in-person cost is $10 and virtual attendance is $5.


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