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Give Manatees Sanctuary in Kings Bay
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. The existing sanctuaries manatees have, which are off limits to this human interaction, are too small and too few. Please click the following link to watch the video and sign the petition to make Three Sisters Springs a true manatee sanctuary so manatees can rest undisturbed in the winter. Go>>
Stop Anti-Wildlife Bill In Congress!
The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has provided protections to species at risk of extinction, including manatees, for the last 40 years. While we should be celebrating this momentous achievement, there has been a bill introduced by anti-environmental lawmakers to strip the ESA of its power to help protect these imperiled species. This proposed legislation would gut critical provisions of the act and put endangered wildlife at even greater risk of extinction. Please take a moment to send a quick message to your members of Congress, asking them to reject this devastating bill today>>
Urge Governor Scott To Lead The Way
In Safeguarding Florida's Aquatic Environment
Sadly, 2013 has become 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>>
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>>
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.
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>>
Read About Proposed Changes to Miami-Dade's Manatee Protection Plan:
Proposed Changes Could Reduce Manatee Protections In
Read an article in the Miami Herald, featuring an interview
Katie Tripp, SMC Director of Science & Conservation
Keep Manatees Protected
Read an editorial in the Miami Herald
Commissioner Calls Off Vote On Miami-Dade Manatee
Read more in the Miami Herald
Florida's Water And Land Legacy Campaign Is Officially On The November Ballot As Amendment 1!
Save the Manatee Club is part of a coalition of individual volunteers
and conservation organizations from across the state who worked to put the
Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the November 2014
ballot. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers and supporters throughout the state, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment will be 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!>>
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!