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Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Wildlife Symposium

Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Wildlife Symposium

Sarasota, Florida -- The Rotary Club of Sarasota presents the first annual Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival and Wildlife Symposium the weekend of March 2 and 3.

The event features a juried exhibition of wildlife-inspired art and fine crafts by more than 25 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other craftspeople. The works, which will be for sale, were juried by Ringling College of Art and Design instructors.

Early Valentine's treat for manatees and turtles

Early Valentine's treat for manatees and turtles

Sarasota, Florida -- Forget the chocolate, manatees and sea turtles at Mote Marine Laboratory prefer beets and fishy flavoring for Valentines and on Friday they got some early presents.

Manatees Hugh and Buffett enjoyed heart-shaped treats full of beets. Resident sea turtles, Shelley and Montego, also got to eat their hearts out. They enjoyed special ice treats flavored with squid and fish.

Mote Manatees predict Ravens to win Super Bowl

Mote Manatees predict Ravens to win Super Bowl

Sarasota, Florida -- We all have our favorites and two Mote Manatees predict the Baltimore Ravens to win Sunday's Super Bowl.

Hugh and Buffet both selected the Ravens during a training session on Friday, by swimming up to a target marked with the Ravens' team logo, instead of the one with the 49ers' logo.

Buffet has selected the correct team every year for the past five years. Hugh has picked correctly three out of five times.

Big Cat Habitat Animal Extravaganza Fundraiser

Big Cat Habitat Animal Extravaganza Fundraiser

Sarasota, Florida -- Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need, will hold its annual Animal Extravaganza fundraiser for six weekends from Saturday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 24.  

The Habitat will also be open regular hours Wednesdays through Fridays during the Extravaganza.

Hawk released after miraculous recovery

Hawk released after miraculous recovery

Sarasota, Florida -- The group SOS, Save Our Seabirds, doesn't discriminate and it has saved the life of a Red Shoulder Hawk.

Sparky, as the hawk was named, came to the Sarasota rescue group in September of 2011. She'd been severely injured by a methane gas burner at a local landfill. Her feathers were singed and her feet and beak terribly burned.

Photo Gallery: Sparky, the hawk at Save Our Seabirds