SLW and I missed her by a few hours, we volunteer at Mote on Wednesday morning.

Former First Lady Laura Bush stopped in Sarasota Wednesday

  • January 12, 2012
Former First Lady Laura Bush toured Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Wednesday afternoon to meet Mote's research scientists and her friends of the sea.

Bush is known to champion Gulf of Mexico conservation and protection and had the opportunity to stop by Mote in between lectures for the Ringling College Library Association's Town Hall Series at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Bush's visit included a behind-the-scenes visit with resident manatees Hugh and Buffett, the world’s only manatees trained to participate in research, according to a Mote news release.

Mote scientists researched Hugh and Buffett’s eyesight, hearing and sense of touch to learn how manatees navigate in their environment, providing information for management and conservation of manatee populations, which are endangered in the wild.