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April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

It's Earth Day! One cause that I encourage you to support today is saving Florida's endangered manatees. This past year, a record number of manatees died due to rare frigid temperatures in Florida and off the coast of Georgia. "448 manatees are known to have died from all causes, but of these, more than 220 deaths have been attributed to cold stress. Another 170+ deaths have been labeled as "undetermined/unrecovered," but many of these deaths were likely caused by cold stress because of their location and timing."

What can you do to help?

  • Contact Florida Governor Charlie Crist at Ask him to SUPPORT full funding for Florida's manatee critical care program.
  • Make a donation of $20 or more to Save the Manatee Club during the month of April and we'll send you an insulated shopping bag in appreciation. This bag takes the place of plastic shopping bags and is handy for transporting perishable food items.
  • Sign up to receive our action alerts on current issues, if you are not already on the list.
  • Send the following email and text message to all your friends: "Adopt a manatee for Earth Day. Go to"

Also, did you know you can adopt a manatee?

  • Adopt-A-Manatee® for $25 (FREE SHIPPING for U.S. adoption orders) and receive:
  • An adoption certificate, full-color photo, and biography of a real endangered Florida manatee.
  • A membership handbook.
  • The Manatee Zone, our official Club newsletter. featuring updates on the adopted manatees.
  • Paddle Tales, our e-newsletter (when an email address is provided).

Whatever you do today, no matter how big or small, know that you are truly making a difference!

Have a great Earth Day :)

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1 comment:

  1. I had no idea so many manatees were lost this year! Although I've never seen them in the wild, manatees are quite dear to me. During our Florida vacations, my husband and I frequent several of the Florida Springs where the manatees overwinter. I suppose the extreme cold temps caught them off guard and they didn't move into the springs quickly enough. Very sad. Thank you for this post, I'll be writing FL's governor this weekend!


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