How about giving a Mother’s Day gift this year that’s inspiring and helpful, just like mom? Save the Manatee Club suggests a real, live manatee gift adoption, which will please mom and also help keep endangered manatees safe and protect the Florida waterways they call home.
A tax-deductible gift adoption from the Club, which also includes membership, costs $25. The packet contains an adoption certificate, full-color photo, and biography of a real Florida manatee. Select from 35 manatees in the Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee® program which can be viewed on the website at savethemanatee.org/adoptees.htm. Also included is a fact-filled handbook, plus subscriptions to the Club’s official quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, which features updates on the manatee adoptees, and the bi-monthly e-newsletter, Paddle Tales. For $35, new members will receive a 2013 Club T-shirt featuring a new design by renowned Florida artist Nancy Blauers.
Bill Harrison from Rhode Island adopted ‘Squeaky’ from the Club’s Blue Spring adoption program for his wife, Lisa, last year as a special Mother’s Day present from their two daughters, Kendall and Sidney. “My wife was very excited when she received her manatee adoption package, and the girls were happy that their mother enjoyed her gift so much,” says Bill.
Funds from the adoption program help with manatee research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts; education and public awareness projects; conservation work to protect manatees and their habitat; and programs in the United States and around the world.
Save the Manatee Club, co-founded by Jimmy Buffett, is an award-winning, international nonprofit conservation organization and the voice for manatees since 1981.
Just in the first three and a half months of the year, hundreds of manatees have died from two tragic events. Toxic red tide exposure on the Gulf Coast, and another mysterious ongoing illness on the east coast, have increased the total manatee mortality to over 500. Patrick Rose, Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club says, “This is extremely unusual because we’ve got two die-offs taking place on two different coasts at the same time.” Less than 5,000 manatees are thought to remain, concentrated year-round in Florida.
Despite these serious threats and other growing concerns for manatees and their habitat, Rose remains optimistic that with everyone working together we can continue to build better, safer lives for Florida’s much-loved, official state marine mammal. “We thank the Harrisons and all our many supporters for caring and helping with our extensive manatee and habitat conservation work.”
Bill Harrison says that his wife’s Mother’s Day adoption makes her and his daughters feel good knowing that they are helping to protect the manatees. “It’s a very worthwhile cause the entire family can get behind,” says Bill.
More information about manatees and gift adoptions for Mother’s Day can be found at savethemanatee.org, or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).
Also, sign up for the Club’s free E-Newsletter, and watch manatees in their natural habitat on the Club’s Blue Spring webcams at manatv.org.
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