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Author: Nadine Slimak

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This month, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will be bidding a fond farewell to Slate, Obsidian and ONeil as we temporarily close The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat to the public so that we can complete upgrades that cannot be done while we have animals in our care. The Habitat will be closed starting on Aug. 21. The manatees will be moving to other rehabilitation facilities to continue their care in advance of their return to the wild. The work on The Habitat includes buffing the [...]

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win...” With those words, spoken by President John F. Kennedy during his famous speech at Rice University in 1962, the President urged America to strive for progress, for [...]

Sponsored by Mosaic, FREE Summer Learning Day for Sarasota, Manatee students focuses on fighting summer learning loss The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will help highlight local summer learning opportunities during a FREE Summer Learning Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The event, which is one of more than 300 Summer Learning Day activities serving more than 300,000 youth nationwide, includes FREE admission for Manatee and Sarasota County students in grades K–8 along with one [...]

Florida’s native birds offer a beautiful array of color and fascination. Yet for many species, survival is a delicate balance between nature’s habitat and our constant human change. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature's newest special exhibition — Florida Feathers: Birds in Peril — highlights the plight many of Florida’s native bird species face through the breathtaking images captured by photographer Grant Jefferies. Jefferies, who grew up in Palmetto and enjoyed a successful career as a ph [...]

Did you know that The Bishop is a Blue Star Museum? Blue Star Museums offer free admission to the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. We thank all members of the military and their families for their service to our country! The free admission is available to Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissio [...]

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National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s multi-decade quest to draw attention to the plight of the world’s animal species and inspire their conservation through the National Geographic Photo Ark has taken him to zoos and sanctuaries all over the world to capture images of animals. Sartore’s pictures aren’t just any snapshots; these stunningly beautiful portraits are intimate and moving — designed to serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the im [...]

Release provides another reason to celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day at the Museum on March 27  The South Florida Museum returned a manatee to the wild Thursday, March 7, in Brevard County, near where the young male was found suffering from cold stress in 2017. Nicknamed Baca, the manatee spent his initial rehabilitation in a critical care facility and then was moved to the Museum's Stage 2 Rehabilitation Habitat to grow to the right size and weight for release. As a young male manatee weighing [...]

Today, most Florida-bound travelers reach the state using some pretty straightforward routes… I-75 south is popular, along with flights from all locales. But how did new residents find Florida some 60-plus million years ago? That’s the question visitors will have fun exploring when the South Florida Museum’s newest special exhibition — Finding Florida — opens in the East Gallery. This interactive exploration will follow the journeys of four species that migrated to Florida during the Great Ameri [...]