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Service Ignores Ongoing Threats and Proposes to Downlist Entire West Indian Manatee Species
Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed to reclassify the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Save the Manatee Club does not believe it is appropriate to reclassify manatees at this time. The FWS should not move forward with downlisting Florida manatees without a proven, viable plan for further reducing mortality and preserving vital warm water habitat and establishing recovery benchmarks in an updated Recovery Plan.
There is a 90-day public comment period that ends April 7th, 2016. Please send your comments to the FWS! Get more information and find out how to submit comments here: 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>>
Indian River Lagoon Update
Get information and current lagoon news from the St. Johns River River Water Management District
Urge Governor Scott To Lead The Way
In Safeguarding Florida's Aquatic Environment
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>>
Amendment 1: Florida's Land and Water Legacy
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 ballot in Florida. Get more information on the Amendment 1 Campaign and how you can get involved in protecting Florida’s water and land and leaving a true legacy for future generations.
Other Ways to Help
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>>
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
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
You Can Do to Help Manatees>>
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Thanks for your help and support!