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Help Protect Manatee Habitat
Please take a moment to show your opposition to a project that will not only threaten the future of Silver Springs but all other springs in Florida by the precedent it would set. Go>>
Red Tide Lingers And Unusual Deaths Continue
The number of manatee deaths from red tide has finally begun to level off. However, the seagrass and other plants in those areas are still contaminated, posing a continuing but reduced threat. You can help! Go>>
Hostile Petition Filed To
Strip Manatees Of Protections
The Pacific Legal Foundation, on behalf of the anti-manatee group Save Crystal River, Inc., has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking them to downlist manatees. Considering that manatees have suffered two winters of catastrophic cold-related mortality in 2010 and 2011, dying in record numbers, this is clearly not an appropriate time to push a downlisting proposal. You can help! Go>>
Our 2013 Wish List For Manatees
We have several exciting projects for 2013. We need funding to rescue endangered West African manatees. We also want to provide education and outreach in Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica, and Belize. We would love your help in making these plans come to life. Go>>
Florida's Water And Land Legacy Campaign
Save the Manatee Club is part of a coalition of individual volunteers and conservation organizations from across the state working to put the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The measure will not increase taxes, nor will it increase state spending. It simply allocates a portion of the existing documentary stamp tax – which is paid when real estate is sold and has been collected since the early 1900s – to water and land conservation, management and restoration. Get more information and find out what you can do to help!>>
Protect Florida Springs Now
Florida’s amazing, unique springs -- some of which offer winter warm-water habitat for endangered manatees -- have declined in both water quality and flow. A case in point is the world famous Silver Springs. The spring is threatened by a consumptive use permit application for Adena Springs Ranch for over 13 million gallons of water per day to be pumped from Silver Springs’ springshed, mainly to raise feed for cattle. Please send a quick message to decision makers, asking them to deny the permit. Go>>
Protect Florida's Water Quality
Please send a quick message to President Obama, letting him know you support EPA standards and wish to see those approved to help improve and protect Florida's water quality. Go>>
Help Save Okinawa Dugongs and Coral Reef Ecosystem
The U.S. government is planning a new American military base atop a healthy coral reef that will likely destroy the diverse array of animal life the reef supports, including at least nine species threatened with extinction. Dugongs, a relative of manatees, rely on these reefs for their survival. The Center for Biological Diversity has posted an action alert on this issue. Please visit and send a quick online letter to President Obama, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, and the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, asking them to reconsider construction of this airbase. Go>>
SunWest Project Denied in Pasco County
Good news! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied the Sunwest project, ensuring that manatees and their habitat will be protected. Thanks to all our supporters who took action on this issue! For more details, click here or on the link above to check out the story in the Tampa Bay Times.
Manatee Boat Speed Zones In Flagler Take Effect May 1
Read an article featuring an interview with SMC's Katie Tripp
in the Daytona Beach News Journal
Three Sisters Is Saved!
It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Three Sisters Springs has finally been saved. Read an incredible story of how disparate forces came together to make a difference for manatees and for future generations. Go>>
Other Ways to Help Manatees
Sign the Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge!
You can help protect the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a safety net for our nation's wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. For over 30 years, the ESA has provided critical protections for endangered species and the places where they live. Please sign the Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge (SMC is a member of the Endangered Species Coalition) and show your support. When various threats arise to the Endangered Species Act in the form of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives or the Senate or negative administrative actions, the conservation community will be able to take the list of pledge supporters to Members of Congress and let them know that their constituents support strong protections for our nation’s endangered fish, plants and wildlife. Go>>
Join the Manatee Sighting Network
Have you seen a manatee in the wild lately? If you live along a river, estuary, canal or coastal area in Florida, you can help provide valuable information to researchers who are tracking manatees. When you spot a manatee, just fill out our simple one-page form>>
Register To Vote!
Being an advocate means taking an active part in government. The best way you can do this is register to vote. You can do this online by going to the League of Women Voters or Rock the Vote web sites. It's easy!
Write a Letter to Your Local Paper
Writing letters to your local newspaper is a very powerful and effective way to voice your position on manatee issues within your community. See a sample letter and get some helpful tips. Go>>
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Thanks for your help and support!