Wetland and Aquatic Research Center


WARC's Sirenia Project conducts long-term detailed studies on the life history, population dynamics, and ecological requirements of the West Indian manatee. Sirenia Project biologists work cooperatively with federal and state researchers and managers on research identified as essential for the recovery of the species.
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West Indian manatees
Date Published: October 21, 2016

Population models developed by USGS are the primary decision-support tools used for status assessments, and rely on estimates of adult survival and reproduction rates from mark-recapture studies.

Florida Manatee with a tracking devise attached
Date Published: October 16, 2016

Long-term monitoring data in the Manatee Individual Photo-identification System (MIPS), developed and coordinated by WARC-Sirenia Project in collaboration with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory, are the basis for modeling manatee demography rates.

Manatee in natural habitat - WARC
Date Published: October 12, 2016

A multi-agency effort assesses the health of manatees and provides baseline information on their health, reproductive status, and nutritional condition.

Research diver and manatees - WARC
Date Published: October 10, 2016

Since 1978, USGS scientists have photo-documented manatees in the Southeast United States. Now, more than 3,000 manatees can be found in the MIPS database.

Florida manatee population uses warm-water discharges from power plants during winter
Date Published: October 5, 2016

Manatees are tropical to subtropical in distribution and, with few exceptions, Florida is the northern limit of their natural winter range.  The availability of warm-water habitat during winter is critical for the future persistence of the population in Florida.

Photo identification of manatees
Date Published: October 3, 2016

USGS works with partners to assess manatee distribution and habitat use throughout the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Port of the Islands (POI) basin
Date Published: August 1, 2016

Critical information predicting condition changes in manatee habitat resulting from the alteration of freshwater flows to estuaries is needed to develop the PSRP Detailed Design and PSRP Operations Plan components and complete consultation under the Endangered Species Act.

Validated modeling and sampling methodology
Date Published: August 1, 2016

Turbid water conditions make the delineation and characterization of benthic habitats difficult by traditional in situ and remote sensing methods. Consequently, only a small fraction of this valuable resource has been mapped or characterized.

Winter Manatee Foraging Behavior and the Decline of Seagrass Beds in the Northern Indian River Lagoon
Date Published: April 17, 2016

With high numbers of manatees using the Florida Power and Light power plant warm water refuge during winter, their impact on the seagrass beds in the Indian River Lagoon is considered an important indicator of the long-term capacity of the area to support the manatees. USGS is working with partners to investigate the spatial extent and intensity of manatee use of seagrass beds in the area. ...