Publications and Research Data


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The Parks and Natural Resources Department has created a wide variety of educational handouts and materials that focus on the County's flora, fauna, and environmental resources. The County also conducts regular monitoring programs at many of the preserves and creates reports detailing the findings. The Department's various handouts and scientific research reports are available on this page for download. You will need Adobe Acrobat or another type of .pdf viewer to access these files.

Vantages Podcast

Now you can take Manatee County's Parks and Natural Resources Department with you anywhere you go! Learn all about the preserves, their history, and their future through the new Vantages podcast. Download the podcast to your computer or mp3 player to listen and learn.

Created by PNRD Intern Aedan Stockdale, Vantages aims to provide informative and entertaining updates about the Department's preserves, projects, and programs. Regular features include interviews, stories, new programs and more. Each episode runs between 15 and 30 minutes.

Vantages Podcasts Downloads

Vantages Episode 1 (MP3, 15514 KB) - An interview with Cindy Lane (Valentine family member) about the history of Robinson Preserve's Valentine House, news, scrub jay survey at Duette Preserve, an incredible year of volunteer work, new fitness programs in the preserves, and a delicious edible plant recipe

Podcast Directions

Downloading Vantages to your computer is easy. The file format is .mp3 and can be played in Itunes and on most mp3 players.

  • In order to save the file, right-click on the link below. Choose "save as" and save the file to your desktop or whatever file you would like to have it in on your computer. Many computers will automatically save it into a media file or a music file, so if you can't find it check into those locations. Once you save the file, double click on it and it will open to play. The file will play in Itunes, Quicktime, and similar media players.
  • To play the podcast on your mp3 player,  connect your player to your computer and upload the podcast as you would any music file.
  • You can also play this file directly from the website. To do so, click on the file. It will either open automatically or you will open a dialog box asking if you want to open or save the file. Choose "open" and a new window will appear allowing you to play the file.

Tell us what you think

Do you like the new Vantages podcast? Have ideas or suggestions for content? Do you have a connection to Manatee County's natural lands or their history and would you like to be interviewed for a future episode? Please contact us. We would like to know what you think about Manatee County's newest outreach project.

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