Earth Day is a worldwide movement to support environmental protection. Today, we ask you to celebrate Earth and all the wonders of its natural resources and take action to care for our planet. You can help ensure health and safety for humans as well as the many plants and animals who share Earth with us. At Save the Manatee Club (SMC), we are often asked how to help manatees and their aquatic habitat. Whether you see manatees in your backyard or live miles away, here are several actions you can take to learn about manatees and their aquatic habitat and be a voice for the manatees on Earth Day and every day.
Manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals, but sometimes their body looks green. Why is that? Manatee Specialist Wayne Hartley explains. Check back as we will feature more videos throughout the day.
Learn About Manatees and Habitat Issues:
- Manatee Facts
- Manatee Migration
- Learn About Manatees Virtually: Schedule a presentation for your school or group.
- Algae Blooms, Seagrass Loss, and Manatee Deaths
- Indian River Lagoon Report Card from the Marine Resources Council
- Manatees and Climate Change
Enjoy Earth Day Activities:
- Send an Earth Day Ecard
- Download and Print an Earth Day Coloring Sheet compliments of artist Connie Roy
- Take the Quiz: Which Ocklawaha Animal are You?
- Watch Manatee Webcams and Highlight Videos
Be an Advocate:
- Urge President Biden and the U.S. Congress to allocate more resources to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and direct them to investigate the situation regarding manatees and the Indian River Lagoon.
- Show your support for a natural and free-flowing Ocklawaha River.
- Sign up for Save the Manatee Club’s free Action Alerts.
Watch for Manatees:
Please obey posted speed zones and watch out for manatees. Slow down, avoid shallow areas and seagrass beds where manatees might be feeding, and keep a sharp eye for manatee snouts, tails, or circular “footprints” on the water’s surface. Remember, if you see an injured or dead manatee, report it right away to FWC by calling 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or use VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio. If you’re staying on land, you can also report manatee injuries, or join the Manatee Sighting Network to provide information to researchers at savethemanatee.org/rescue or savethemanatee.org/sightings.
Donate today in honor of Earth Day and receive a downloadable copy of the “Meet the Manatees of Blue Spring” DVD.