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    Virtual Swim with the Manatees

    Experience the Virtual Swim with the manatees online !

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    Visiting Crystal River Refuge?

    The best times for viewing manatees are late November through early March. Check out our visit page for more info.

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  • Florida Manatee Recovery Plan

    The purpose of recovery is to focus on implementing, monitoring and addressing effectiveness of conservation to reduce threats.

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    The Florida Manatee

    This gentle giant is endangered largely because of alteration and destruction of coastal habitats by man.

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  • Conference Three Sisters Springs Manatee

    Audio file of the Three Sisters Springs Manatee Conference.

    Media conference on Three Sisters Springs Manatee

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Support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by assisting in the conservation of our public lands and the protection of our natural wildlife resources and their habitat.

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About the Complex

Crystal River Complex

This complex also includes Chassahowitzka, Egmont, Passage Key and Pinellas NWR.

Crystal River is managed as part of the Crystal River Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Manatee- Photo by Wayne Lynch
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2015
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