A Message Regarding Coronavirus
To Save the Manatee Club Members and Supporters:
Date: March 18, 2020, Updated April 2, 2020
As the global coronavirus situation continues to evolve, Save the Manatee Club (SMC) staff and volunteers have taken necessary safety precautions, including postponing work-related events and travel. However, the Save the Manatee Club team is not postponing work on our mission to protect manatees.
Memberships, donations, and tributes are still being processed, and our staff is still available by phone and email during regular hours. The Manatee Store, our online gift catalog, is still accepting orders, but the delivery is on hold until further notice. Events are being cancelled or postponed in accordance with CDC recommendations. The Save the Manatee 5K race in Michigan has been postponed until September 27th. However, people can also participate worldwide in the Virtual 5K at home to support manatees.
Coronavirus-related constraints on both financial and human resources are challenging our many partner organizations that rescue and care for the growing number of sick and injured manatees. Save the Manatee Club welcomes your donations that sponsor these lifesaving endeavors for manatees. Learn more about how we support rescues and rehabilitation.
There are still many ways you can help manatees from home. Join us online by tuning into educational livestreams on Facebook and Instagram, and emailing policymakers about manatee protection measures with our Email Action Network. Our free education materials, from manatee videos to activity books, can help make children’s hiatus from school fun and educational. Learn more and join our Digital Earth Day activities here, to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, and every day.
Lastly, if you are maintaining your social distance by spending time on the water, help manatees by slowing down boats and keeping a watchful eye. During spring, manatees are very active, leaving their warm-water winter refuges and venturing out into rivers, canals, and nearshore waters. Review our Manatee Protection Tips for Boaters before heading out.
While this situation is unprecedented and the challenges numerous, the opportunities to make a difference are virtually unlimited. Save the Manatee Club remains committed to keeping our team safe, as well as manatees.
Please know that we greatly appreciate your continued support and trust.