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Current Issues

Create a Winter Wonderland For Manatees in Crystal River
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently released a Draft Environmental Assessment with recommendations they think will help reduce harassment at Three Sisters Springs, the most important wintering site for manatees in Crystal River. Unfortunately, despite a mountain of evidence that manatees there need a true winter sanctuary, the proposed measures still allow swimmers into Three Sisters and would leave manatees at risk of harassment and disturbance. Please take a couple of minutes to send a quick email to the Service by January 2, 2015, telling them their draft Environmental Assessment is inadequate to protect manatees from harassment in Crystal River.>>

Status Change Would Put Manatees At Grave Risk
On September 2nd, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded the public comment period as part of their updated 5-year status review for the West Indian manatee. Read a message from Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club Executive Director. Go>>

Give Manatees Sanctuary
Endangered manatees travel to the warm springs of Kings Bay, in Florida’s Citrus County, to survive the cold winters. Upon their arrival, they are rebuffed by thousands of humans whose careless behaviors deny them access to or chase them from these critically important warm-water refuges. Please watch our video and sign a petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make Three Sisters Springs a true winter sanctuary for manatees. Go>>

Demand Clean Water For Wildlife & People
The Floridians' Clean Water Declaration is a positive vision to inspire people to work together to create a new water ethic, find solutions to Florida's water quality and quantity problems and send a clear message to our water managers that the people of Florida demand clean water. Please sign the declaration>>

Urge Governor Scott To Lead The Way In Safeguarding Florida's Aquatic Environment
Sadly, 2013 was the deadliest year ever for Florida's endangered manatees. In total, 829 manatees died last year, making it the largest annual manatee die-off in Florida since record-keeping began. Please send a quick online message asking Florida Governor Rick Scott to lead the way in safeguarding Florida's aquatic environment for manatees and other wildlife and for people, too. Go>>


Updates

Florida Voters Approve Amendment 1!
On November 4th, Florida voters approved Amendment 1, which will provide funding to help protect rivers, lakes, and springs without any increase in taxes. Save the Manatee Club is part of a coalition of individual volunteers and conservation organizations from across the state who worked to put The Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the November 2014 ballot in Florida. Thank you to everyone who made the decision to protect Florida’s water and land and leave a true legacy for future generations. Thank you for helping to protect manatee habitat!


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>>

More Things You Can Do to Help Manatees>>

Action Tips for Kids>>


Thanks for your help and support!

Create a Winter Wonderland for Manatees in Crystal River
By January 2, 2015

Give Manatees Sanctuary
Watch a video and
sign a petition


Demand Clean Water for Wildlife & People
Sign the Clean Water Declaration

Urge Governor Scott To Safeguard Florida's Aquatic Environment
Send an online letter