Florida Manatees and Other Wildlife

Free the Ocklawaha River Coalition: Featured Members of the Month


A free-flowing Ocklawaha River will benefit a diversity of fish and wildlife. These two organizations are dedicated members of our coalition working together for a restored Ocklawaha River.

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Founded in 1947, Defenders envisions a future where diverse wildlife populations in North America are secure and thriving, sustained by a network of healthy lands and waters. Defenders works to protect and restore imperiled species and their habitats such as Silver Springs and the Ocklawaha River.

Save the Manatee Club

Save the Manatee Club was founded in 1981 by Bob Graham, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, The Club was started with the mission to protect manatees and their habitat for future generations. Their objective is full recovery and protection of manatees and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world. Today, Save the Manatee Club is the world’s leading manatee conservation organization and is committed to the protection and restoration of all Florida Springs.

Learn and engage in activities to celebrate this month!

  • Send ecards to your friends and family sharing your love of the Florida Manatee. Click below to send a postcard.

  • Share educational activities with your children, grandchildren, and friends.

  • Take a fun wildlife quiz. Which Ocklawaha Animal are you?

  • Special Facebook Livestream: Manatee Habitat and Migration, Tuesday, June 23, 11 a.m.

    Join Save the Manatee Club on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 at 11 a.m. for the weekly Manatee Q&A on Facebook. The topic will be manatee habitat and migration and we will discuss the importance of a free-flowing Ocklawaha River for manatees. During the stream we will address where manatees spend the winter months, and why warm-water springs are so vitally important for the species, as well as manatee summer habitat, travel corridors, and migration. Viewers will be able to ask any manatee-related questions throughout the livestream. Click here to view live.

  • View an informative, engaging and short video on why the Ocklawaha River should be restored.

    Restoring the river will benefit various types of wildlife from the Florida black bear, panther and bobcat to native birds including the bald eagle, osprey, wood duck and many other species.