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Save the Manatee Club: Save Three Sisters Springs for Manatees!

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 2:11 PM
Subject: Save Three Sisters Springs for Manatees!

Save Three Sisters Springs for Manatees!

Show your support for city’s grant application

Three Sisters Springs is a complex of three spring areas that help feed Kings Bay, the headwaters of Crystal River in Citrus County, Florida. These beautiful springs are one of the most important natural warm-water refuges for endangered manatees in the state of Florida and a haven for birds, fish, plants, and other wildlife.

The city of Crystal River is applying for a Florida Communities Trust grant of up to $6.6 million to buy the Three Sisters property and the Florida Department of Community Affairs needs to receive letters by May 7th to show public support for the purchase.

The current owners plan to develop the 57 acres of land adjacent to Three Sisters Springs to create multi-family residences and remove spring water to be bottled. However, these same owners have also stated that they would be willing to sell the property for the right price.

Get more information about Three Sisters Springs.

Watch a video highlighting the beauty of Three Sisters Springs.

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Save the Manatee Club: Urge Governor Crist To "Fix The System"

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Nov 20, 2007 2:35 PM
Subject: Urge Governor Crist To “Fix The System”

Urge Governor Crist To “Fix The System”
Final Downlisting Vote Scheduled for December 5th Meeting
Please Attend or Send a Quick Online Letter

In September, with your help, we won a huge temporary victory for manatees! Governor Charlie Crist stepped in and asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to postpone their vote to downlist manatees from “Endangered” to “Threatened” status. He pointed to the record-setting mortality in 2006 and to the need for a better method to estimate the manatee population.

Your e-mails to the governor were powerful and helped to convince him to take a brave stand for manatees. But now, Governor Crist is under intense pressure from go-fast boating and development interests to fast-track the manatee’s downlisting. The vote to downlist manatees in Florida is scheduled again for the Commission’s December 5th meeting.

The Issue: The FWC is using a classification system to downlist manatees that desperately needs to be revised. Proving our point, the IUCN – World Conservation Union – a world authority on endangered species – recently classified the Florida manatee as “Endangered” using the exact criteria the FWC has adopted for their “Threatened” category. Unless the Commission changes its flawed listing rule, most of Florida’s imperiled species will face increased risks as a result of losing protections afforded by their current listing status.

* Read a letter to Governor Crist from Save the Manatee Club and other organizations representing over 21 million people (pdf).

What You Can Do:

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Save the Manatee Club: Gov. Crist Asks to Postpone Manatee Reclassification

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

I’m a few days later in posting this (sorry!), so for the latest news on the September 12 vote, visit Save the Manatee Club’s current news section. They don’t appear to have an update posted yet, but I imagine they will as news develops.

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Sep 11, 2007 3:51 PM
Subject: Gov. Crist Asks to Postpone Manatee Reclassification

BREAKING NEWS!

Florida Governor Crist Asks State Agency to Postpone Endangered Manatee’s Reclassification

Tomorrow, September 12th, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is scheduled to vote on whether to reclassify the manatee at the state level from “endangered” to “threatened” status based on listing/delisting rule language that environmental groups have continually called greatly flawed, and that was objected to by numerous scientists worldwide. Further, environmentalists point to the state’s own findings that 50% of the statewide manatee population could be lost in the next 45 years.

Calling the manatee one of Florida’s beloved natural resources, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has issued a letter to Rodney Barreto, Chair of the FWC, asking the Commission to postpone the vote on whether to downlist the species, “…given the need for a better method to estimate the population of the Florida Manatee, and the record 417 manatee deaths in 2006, I believe a more prudent course of action at this time would be to postpone consideration of the proposed change in the status of this species.”

View the full text of Governor Crist’s letter (pdf).

Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club’s Executive Director, applauds Governor Crist and expresses his deep appreciation to the governor for his action. Pat also thanks all of you for your help in making this happen. Those e-mails, letters and phone calls DO help!

What You Can Do:

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-02-07

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Action Alerts

Audubon: Final Push for Renewable Electricity
Please ask your Representative to support the Udall-Platts amendment

Center for Biological Diversity: Keep Mercenary Training Camp Out of San Diego Backcountry!
Blackwater has proposed establishing a military training camp in eastern San Diego County

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Help Pass the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act
Urge your reps to co-sponsor and support passage of S. 1880/H.R. 3219, the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act, and any legislation to crack down on dogfighting

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge USDA to Move Maggie to Sanctuary Before Winter
The Alaska Zoo Board Has Made Its Decision to Move Maggie; Please help make it happen before winter–write the USDA

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Survival of Wolves in Northern Rockies Jeopardized
“Take Action” by Aug. 6 to protect them from hunters

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Thank California retirement community for sparing deer
California Retirement Community Chooses to Spare Deer; Thank The Villages for using humane methods to manage wildlife

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-27-07

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Federal: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced in Congress

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Missouri: “Pet Friendly” License Plates Now Available

DawnWatch: MSN on budget and health benefits of vegetarianism 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Shocking poultry slaughterhouse footage on Fox and on A&E’s “The Two Coreys” reality show 7/25 – 7/29/07

DawnWatch: Adidas lobbies to overturn Supreme Court upheld Kangaroo shoe ban NY Times, LA Times, NPR — 7/24 -7/25/07

DawnWatch: NY Times lead story “Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate.” 7/25/07

Earthjustice: URGENT: Stop the Countdown to Wolves’ Slaughter

Friends of Animals (FoA): Help Stop the Bush Administration’s Latest Debacle: Aerial Gunning of Greater Yellowstone Wolves

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Congress to stop oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges / Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nike to Drop Vick NOW!

Rainforest Action Network (RAN): Tell Ontario to Stop First Nation Exploitation!

Save the Manatee Club: Ask Governor Crist to Appoint New FWC Commissioners / Ensure Balanced and Science-Based Leadership on Manatee Protection Issues

Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL): Contact Legislators on Behalf of Animals Used for Research NOW

The Wilderness Society: Help protect community forests and restore wildlife habitat

Working Assets / Act for Change: Tell Nike to Cancel Michael Vick’s Endorsement Contract

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Bread for the World: Fairness Amendment to Farm Bill Fails in House; Fight For Meaningful Farm Reform Continues

Corporate Accountability International: Pepsi Agrees to Reveal Sources of Aquafina Bottled Water / In Response to Think Outside the Bottle Campiagn, Agrees to Print ”Public Water Source” on Labels

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Michael Vick & Dogfighting

Carnivals

Carnival of Hurricane Relief #98 (July 26, 2007 @ One Man Band)

Newsletters

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): News Alert, July 27, 2007

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, July 25, 2007

Petitions

STOP PUPPY MILLS!!!

CLARK COUNTY DOGS DESERVE BETTER

Stop Cruelty Taking Place on the Water

Help save Giraffes

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Save the Manatee Club: Paddle Tales E-Newsletter, June 2007

Friday, June 1st, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – education [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Jun 1, 2007 11:04 AM
Subject: Paddle Tales E-Newsletter

In This Issue
* Please Don’t Downlist Manatees!
* Adopt-A-Manatee for Dads & Grads
* Meet Lenny
* Vote for Manatees!
* Fast Friends
* Heavy Thinking
* Chew on This Q & A
* Miss Her Now Music DVD

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Save the Manatee Club: Please Don’t Downlist Manatees!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: May 15, 2007 3:06 PM
Subject: Please Don’t Downlist Manatees!

Please Don’t Downlist Manatees!

On Endangered Species Day, Take Action to Protect Them

The bottom line here is that the manatee is not safe from extinction, no matter how officials play the numbers game, and significant threats on its survival continue to haunt it.

–Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

On Friday, May 18th, Americans from all across the country will celebrate Endangered Species Day. But as we pay tribute to our nation’s endangered species, manatees are facing their biggest threat ever. Recently, after conducting a 5-year review of the manatee’s federal status, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) recommended downlisting them from “endangered” to “threatened.”

We need you to help manatees by sending a quick online letter now!

Why aren’t we celebrating the news we have fought for so many years to hear? Because these actions are politically driven. With the market for coastal land skyrocketing, powerful groups have been lobbying for a long time to change the manatee’s status.

According to the Service’s own Recovery Plan, manatees should NOT be downlisted until deaths from boat strikes and the destruction of habitat are brought under control. But these threats are increasing. And the Service ignored a recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey that stated: “Any increase in watercraft-related mortality substantially increases the risk of the Florida manatee population reaching the point of no probable recovery.”

What You Can Do:

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Save the Manatee Club: Ask for Stronger Manatee Plan

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: May 10, 2007 5:08 PM
Subject: Ask for Stronger Manatee Plan

Ask State Agency to Make Manatee Management Plan Stronger

Urge Revision of Imperiled Species Listing/Delisting Rule

When the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) adopted new imperiled species listing/delisting criteria, they incorporated the international criteria for “endangered,” but they elected to call those species that met the endangered criteria “threatened” instead of “endangered.” As a result, the FWCC voted to downlist manatees to “threatened” status. We are highly critical of this move, as are a host of other environmental organizations and eminent scientists.

Now, the FWCC has drafted a Manatee Management Plan (Plan), which is the final step in the species’ reclassification from “endangered” to “threatened.” However, the current Plan will not ensure adequate protection for manatees and, together with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recent recommendation to also downlist manatees at the federal level, the Plan will greatly hamper our chance of securing the manatee’s future in the face of increasing human-related threats.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended downlisting the manatee due to political pressure. An April editorial in The Bradenton Herald said, “The declassification is not being made because the manatee has made a ‘landmark’ recovery, as the USFWS’ field supervisor asserted. Rather, it is a concession to the boat, dock-building and development interests that have lobbied for relaxing manatee protection rules for years. In the anti-environment posture of the Bush administration facing term limits, it has finally found a friendly reception.”

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Save the Manatee Club: Help End Manatee Harassment in Citrus County, Florida!

Monday, March 12th, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Mar 10, 2007 12:10 AM
Subject: Help End Manatee Harassment!

Help End Manatee Harassment in Citrus County, Florida!

Videos show people grabbing, walking on, and riding manatees

Each winter, 80,000 – 100,000 people visit the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge to snorkel and dive with endangered manatees, and thousands more go to swim with manatees in the Blue Waters area of the Homosassa River.

Inevitably, many of these visitors want to touch the manatees or interact with them in some way. Manatees are protected under the Endangered Species Act, so grabbing them, feeding, surrounding, or chasing them can be considered harassment and is therefore illegal. But local, state, and federal law enforcement officers are limited in numbers and unable to adequately monitor the area, so there are many incidents of manatee harassment each year.

Recently, a video shot at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge shows people grabbing, walking on, and riding manatees. And the St. Petersburg Times has featured several news articles documenting the manatee harassment in this area (see more articles and video below).

Manatee Abuse Caught on Tape
Read an article in the St. Petersburg Times
See the video mentioned in the article

Manatees need these wildlife refuges for survival in the winter. When people try to touch or pursue manatees, they can alter the manatee’s behavior in the wild, perhaps causing them to leave a warm water area, which makes them susceptible to potential harm. Also, people can inadvertently separate a mother and calf by trying to touch manatees. Manatee calves depend on the care of their mothers for up to two years, so a calf that is separated from his or her mother could ultimately die without her.

What You Can Do:

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Save the Manatee Club: Paddle Tales E-Newsletter, February 2007

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – education [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Feb 2, 2007 2:55 PM
Subject: Paddle Tales E-Newsletter

In This Issue

* 2006 Deadliest Year on Record
* Ask FWC To Revisit Manatee Reclassification
* Meet Floyd: Still Going Strong
* Two Couples With Heart
* Add A Manatee Banner To Your Space
* Twins Sighted Near Homosassa
* Manatee Romance Statue

2006 Deadliest Year On Record For Manatees

The year 2006 is on record as being the deadliest one ever documented for manatees. In January, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released manatee mortality data that showed 416 manatees died in state waters last year. Read more >>

Ask FWC To Revisit Manatee Reclassification

Please take a couple of minutes and send a quick and easy online letter to Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Governor Crist took office in January 2007 and has the power to influence the FWC’s decision to prematurely downlist manatees by asking them to revisit this important issue. Go >>

Meet Floyd: Still Going Strong After All These Years

Take a look at Floyd and try to guess how old he is. True, he looks youthful, but Floyd is actually approaching manatee middle age. We know this because he was just a few months old when his mother brought him to Blue Spring State Park for the winter. Read more >>

Two Couples With Heart

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and for some people, nothing says love more than manatees. Carolyn and Andrew Krentz and Kristen and Tom Ort are two couples who have big hearts when it comes to our favorite endangered species. Read more >>

Add A Manatee Banner To Your Space

Tell the world about your adopted manatee! Show your support by adding a free manatee banner to your web site, MySpace profile, blog, online diary, or journal. Go >>

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Manatee Romance Statue

A great Valentine’s Day gift for the manatee lover in your life. Two manatees snuggle close together and “Love Me” reads the heart-shaped sign they carry. $15.95 Buy now >>

Twins Sighted Near Homosassa

manatee twinsAt the end of December, Joanne Tuxbury photographed a rare event in Florida. A female manatee made an appearance near Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, and she brought her twin calves along with her. Go >>

Send Us Your Question About Manatees!

If we choose it for the next Paddle Tales E-Newsletter, we’ll send you a FREE Manatee Romance statue. Send to education [at] savethemanatee.org and be sure to include your name and regular mailing address.

About SMC

Sign up for our E-mail Action Alert Team! Go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC

Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!

Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along!

Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this e-newsletter to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our e-newsletter at http://www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Questions?

You can get more manatee news, information, and special features by visiting our web site at http://www.savethemanatee.org If you have additional questions, please email us at education [at] savethemanatee.org

Photo Credits: Table of Contents photo © Walker Stanberry, 2006 Deadliest Year on Record © David R. Schrichte, Ask FWC to Revisit Manatee Reclassification © Walker Stanberry, Meet Floyd © Patrick M. Rose/SMC, Two Couples With Heart courtesy of Carolyn Krentz, Manatee Twins courtesy of Joanne Tuxbury. Photos cannot be used without permission. Contact SMC for more information.

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Save the Manatee Club: Oppose the Manatee Management Plan

Friday, January 5th, 2007

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Jan 5, 2007 2:58 PM
Subject: Save the Manatee Club Needs Your Help!

In June 2006, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) voted to reclassify (downlist) manatees from Endangered to Threatened on the state level even though manatees are a federally Endangered species and meet the international criteria for Endangered as well. This is because the state adopted a new weaker imperiled species listing rule, even though science, public sentiment, and Save the Manatee Club, together with dozens of other environmental groups, did not support such a drastic move that will lead to the downlisting of many other species as well.

Now, the adoption of a Manatee Management Plan (Plan) is the final step in lowering the manatee’s classification on the state’s imperiled species list. The FWCC recently released a draft of their Plan and is seeking public input through January 11th. The Plan is critically deficient in protecting manatees because:

* The Plan’s Measurable Biological Goals, which FWCC claims will, “evaluate progress toward species recovery,” actually allow a 30% decline in the population over 3 generations!

* The Plan’s Management Actions (protection measures) won’t have to be any stronger than to avoid a greater than 30% decline in the population. For example, minimum flows at warm water springs that manatees use, such as Blue Spring (where many of our manatee adoptees winter), merely have to be set so that a greater than 30% decline in the population is avoided.

* Rather than manage the population to achieve an Optimum Sustainable Population level as mandated by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the FWCC’s Plan allows significant population loss as long as the loss is no greater than 30%.

* Since the Plan is geared toward avoiding greater than a 30% loss in the manatee population rather than managing for an Optimum Sustainable Population, it will be virtually impossible to hold the state accountable for protecting manatees from escalating human-related threats such as watercraft strikes, loss of warm-water habitat, and destruction of habitat associated with development and climate change.

* The state itself believes that the manatee is already at a very high risk of extinction.

Once the public comment period is over, a revised draft Plan will be put on the agenda for final approval at the FWCC’s April or June 2007 meeting. When the Plan is approved, the manatee’s classification will change from Endangered to Threatened.

What You Can Do:

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Save the Manatee Club: Keep The Heat On So Manatees Won’t Be Left Out In The Cold

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Sep 26, 2006 12:50 PM
Subject: Keep The Heat On!

Keep The Heat On So Manatees Won’t Be Left Out In The Cold

Your help is making a difference for manatees!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who sent messages to the St. John’s River Water Management District (District), Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush – your actions are helping us get some movement in the right direction! The District recently met and decided to delay the final vote on the proposal to tap into waters from Blue Spring to support increasing development and demands for water from surrounding counties.

The District has postponed their decision until October 10th in order to re-run their model using the most recent winter season manatee counts, which is expected to force them to revise the rule proposal. We have repeatedly told the District that their model is erroneous and underestimates manatee use, and this past winter season proved our point with substantially more manatees showing up to use the spring than their model predicted. For example, a minimum of 190 manatees were documented at Blue Spring during the 2005/2006 season, while the District model would not provide warm water for that many manatees until 2009. And the District’s current minimum flow proposal doesn’t require the Blue Spring flow to be restored to present levels until 2024!

As you know, Blue Spring is a critical warm water refuge for manatees in the winter. And manatees have gained an ally in Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the late explorer Jacques Cousteau, who was recently at Blue Spring creating a documentary for National Public Radio. In an Orlando Sentinel article, Philippe was quoted as saying, “This spring and these manatees represent a resource that should benefit all of the people of Florida, not just a few special interests.”

The District has made the right decision to delay the final vote on the proposal. They have seen first hand that their model doesn’t work before the rule was even adopted. The District should set the minimum flow at no less than the current average annual flow level (157.7 cfs). We need to keep the heat on so manatees are not left out in the cold come October!

What You Can Do:

Both Florida and Non-Florida Residents: Please speak up to protect Blue Spring for manatees!

1. Attend the Public Hearing

Please come to the public hearing on October 10, 2006 (see more information below) and state that you are OPPOSED to a proposal that allows any additional reduction in Blue Spring’s flow.

2. Send a Quick Online Letter and tell Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chairman of the District Governing Board that you oppose the District’s proposal. Please click on the link below to get more background information and send a quick and easy online letter. If you prefer to send a personal letter or email, contact information is listed below.

http://www.savethemanatee.org/actionalert.cfm?id=8

Blue Spring Minimum Flow Public Hearing
Regulatory Meeting of the Governing Board
When: Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:00 p.m.
Where:
St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Click here for more information and driving directions.

3. Please forward this email to as many people as you can.

Thank you for your help on this important issue for manatees!

Contact Information:

Governor Jeb Bush
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Fax: 850-487-0801
E-mail: jeb.bush [at] myflorida.com

Secretary Colleen Castille
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd, MS 10
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Fax: 850-245-2128
E-mail: colleen.castille [at] dep.state.fl.us

David G. Graham, Chairman
SJRWMD Governing Board
4049 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177
Fax: 386-329-4125
E-mail: nmesser [ay] sjrwmd.com

Sign up for our free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter: Go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC

Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!

Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along

Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at http://www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?

You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, email us at action [at] savethemanatee.org

Save the Manatee Club: Speak Up for Endangered Species

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Sep 8, 2006 6:41 PM
Subject: Speak Up for Endangered Species!

Speak Up for Endangered Species!

Help Ensure Strong Environmental Laws for Manatees and Other Endangered Species

The Bush administration is holding a series of “listening sessions” across the country as it promotes its “Cooperative Conservation” agenda. The administration has already proposed a package of cooperative conservation legislation (pdf) that would weaken the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, and they may use input from these listening sessions to promote these and other harmful changes to environmental laws. That’s why it’s vital for you to respond with a strong conservation message.

What You Can Do:

1. Submit A Comment Letter

You can help by getting on the record as a supporter of a strong Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws. Please click here to submit a quick and easy online letter by September 30th. The letter will go to Beth Duff at the U.S. Department of the Interior and will let the Bush administration know that voluntary conservation efforts complement, but absolutely cannot replace, strong environmental laws. If you would like to submit a personal letter or email, Ms. Duff’s contact information is featured below.

If you’ve been involved in a local cooperative effort to protect endangered species, you can speak from personal experience about how environmental protections brought people in your community together to conserve natural resources. These stories will greatly increase the strength of your comments.

2. Attend a Listening Session In Your Area

You can also click here to check for listening sessions in your area that you may be able to attend in person. Listening sessions for Florida are scheduled for September 15 in Virginia Key and on September 25, 2006 in Orlando.

3. Please Forward This Action Alert To Friends and Relatives

Contact Information:

Beth Duff
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 5258
Washington, D.C. 20240
Email: Beth_Duff [at] ios.doi.gov
Fax: 202-208-7574

Thanks for your help on this important issue for manatees!

Special thanks to our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity for providing information on this topic.

Sign up for our free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter: Go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Our postal address is:
500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC

Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!

Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along

Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at http://www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?

You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, email us at action [at] savethemanatee.org

Save the Manatee Club: Protect Manatees’ Winter Refuge!

Friday, July 28th, 2006

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From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Jul 28, 2006 10:25 AM
Subject: Protect Manatees’ Winter Refuge!

Speak Up to Protect Manatees’ Winter Refuge!

Meeting on August 8 is our last chance to protect Blue Spring

Blue Spring is one of the very few natural warm water refuges remaining for manatees in Florida. It is the winter home for Save the Manatee Club’s adoptees and one of only two places in the state where the manatee population actually appears to be increasing.

But a proposal by the St. Johns River Water Management District (District) will allow significant reductions in Blue Spring’s flow to support increasing development and demands for water from surrounding counties. Less flow from the spring means less warm water available for manatees in the winter. Manatees are susceptible to cold-related disease, and any reduction in Blue Spring’s flow could have catastrophic consequences.

The District is basing their proposal on an erroneous model that “predicts” future flow and when the manatees would “need” the warm water. But the District model has already underestimated actual manatee use. For example, a minimum of 190 manatees were documented at Blue Spring during the 2005/2006 season, while the District model would not provide warm water for that many manatees until 2009. Furthermore, the District proposal doesn’t require the Blue Spring flow to be restored to present levels until 2024. By that time it will be too late for manatees!

Both Florida and Non-Florida Residents: Please speak up to protect Blue Spring for manatees!

What You Can Do:

1. Attend the Public Hearing

Please come to the public hearing on August 8, 2006 (see more information below) and state that you are OPPOSED to a proposal that allows any additional reduction in Blue Spring’s flow.

Blue Spring Minimum Flow Public Hearing
Regulatory Meeting of the Governing Board
When: Tuesday, August 8, 2006, 1:00 p.m.
Where: St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Click here for more information and driving directions

2. Send a Quick Online Letter and tell Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chairman of the District Governing Board that you oppose the District’s proposal. Please click on the link below to get more background information and send a quick and easy online letter. If you prefer to send a personal letter or e-mail, contact information is listed below.

Take action: http://www.savethemanatee.org/actionalert.cfm?id=8

Contact Information:

Governor Jeb Bush
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Fax: 850-487-0801
E-mail: jeb.bush [at] myflorida.com

Secretary Colleen Castille
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd, MS 10
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Fax: 850-245-2128
E-mail: colleen.castille [at] dep.state.fl.us

David G. Graham, Chairman
SJRWMD Governing Board
4049 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177
Fax: 386-329-4125
E-mail: nmesser [at] sjrwmd.com

3. Please forward this e-mail to as many people as you can.

Thank you for your help on this important issue for manatees!

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Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC

Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!

Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along

Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at http://www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?

You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, e-mail us at action [at] savethemanatee.org

Save the Manatee Club: Public Input Needed On State Manatee Management Plan

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee.org
Date: Jul 21, 2006 12:59 PM
Subject: Speak Up for Manatees!

Public Input Needed On State Manatee Management Plan

As you know, over the objections of numerous scientists and thousands of citizens, on June 7, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to downlist manatees from Endangered to Threatened status in Florida. They did so despite the fact that the state’s own scientific assessment shows that manatees clearly met the international criteria for endangered species.

Save the Manatee Club and 16 other organizations filed a legal petition asking the FWC to fix its flawed imperiled species classification system. But the state is proceeding with the downlisting process. Phase 2 of this process involves the development and approval of a management plan, and the FWC is currently seeking public input on the plan by August 8, 2006. This is where you come in. We need you to be a voice for manatees!

What You Can Do:

1. Please help protect manatees by sending your comments

We would like the FWC to receive as many personalized letters or emails as possible from manatee supporters living in and outside of Florida. We know it takes a bit more time, but it’s worth it to make sure that manatees get as much protection as possible under the new plan. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2006. (See our suggestions for what the management plan should include below.)

Manatee Management Plan Comments, DHSC
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street
Mail Station 6A
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Comments can also be submitted by email to manatee_plan [at] myfwc.com.

2. Please make a donation now. You will be helping us do whatever it takes to make sure manatees are protected under the new management plan.

Click here to donate now

3. Please forward this email to as many people as you can.

Thank you for your help on this important issue for manatees!

Suggested Comments:

The state’s management plan should include:

-The adoption of the entire federal recovery plan, which is more species specific and addresses habitat stability. (Manatees remain endangered on the federal list.)

-A contingency plan for power plants going off line, so manatees don’t lose warm water sources upon which they have come to depend. Unless this is done, literally hundreds of manatees will likely die of cold stress.

-Constitutional protections for Florida’s endangered and threatened species.

-Moving up the timelines for setting minimum flows for Florida’s springs so manatees’ natural warm water sources don’t disappear.

- A mandatory manatee education program for boaters. (Although more than 90% of Florida’s boaters favor such a program, the marine industry is still fighting against it.)

-A cumulative effects analysis of waterfront development and its impacts on manatees and manatee habitat.

-A system of refuges and sanctuaries for manatees connected by travel corridors.

Sign up for our free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter: Go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC
Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!
Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along
Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at http://www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?
You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, e-mail us at action [at] savethemanatee.org

Save the Manatee Club – Protest Manatee Downlisting!

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org
Date: Jun 9, 2006 7:03 PM
Subject: Protest Manatee Downlisting!

Action By State Agency Puts Manatees In Great Jeopardy

We Need Your Immediate Help!

Despite a huge public outcry, on June 7, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted unanimously to downlist manatees from Endangered to Threatened status.

This action has little to do with how manatees are actually faring in the wild and everything to do with pressure from developers, the marine industries, and go-fast boaters. The FWC has projected that the manatee population could plummet to half its numbers within the foreseeable future. Now, boat speed zones can be rolled back, and marina and coastal development can move forward at an even faster pace. More and more boats will gain access to Florida’s already overcrowded and dangerous waterways, and there will be more pollution from stormwater runoff.

Although the FWC is vehemently denying that the manatee’s Threatened status will result in less protection, this is emphatically untrue, and a marine industry representative speaking at the FWC meeting was already asking for the boat speed zones to be reviewed for weakening protections.

Save the Manatee Club, along with 16 other organizations, has filed a legal petition asking the FWC to fix its imperiled species classification system.

What You Can Do:

-Please help protect manatees by sending a quick online letter to FWC’s executive director, Ken Haddad, the FWC commissioners, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The e-mail protests the manatee’s reclassification and asks the FWC to accept our legal petition to fix its imperiled species classification system. You can also get more background information on this issue.

Click here to send an online letter

-Please make a donation now. You will be helping us do whatever it takes to defend manatees from a self-serving politically driven process that not only devalues these beloved animals, but also puts all of Florida’s imperiled wildlife at greater risk.

Click here to donate now

-Please forward this e-mail to as many people as you can.

Thank you for your help on this important issue for manatees!

Sign up for our free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter: Go to www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC
Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!
Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along
Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?
You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, e-mail us at action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org

Save the Manatee Club: Citizen Call-In Day on June 6th and FWCC Meeting on June 7th

Monday, June 5th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Save the Manatee Club – action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org
Date: Jun 5, 2006 1:47 PM
Subject: Reminder: Help Manatees!

Reminder: Help Support Manatees!

Citizen Call-In Day on June 6th and FWCC Meeting on June 7th

Hi Kelly,

On Tuesday, June 6th, please remember to call the FWC Commissioners and Governor Jeb Bush and say the following:

Please delay the decision on downlisting manatees and delisting bald eagles until the state fixes their imperiled species classification system.

Phone Numbers:

FWC Commissioners: 850-487-3796

Governor Jeb Bush: 850-488-7146

On Wednesday, June 7th, the FWC Commissioners will meet and vote on whether to downlist manatees in Florida. If you live in Florida, please attend:

West Palm Beach Marriott
1001 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-833-1234

There is no “time certain” for our issue, however, it appears from FWCC’s agenda that the manatee downlisting discussion and vote will come up on June 7 by early or mid afternoon.

If you plan to attend the meeting, please call Janice Nearing, Director of Public Relations, at 1-800-432-5646 or e-mail jnearing [at] savethemanatee [dot] org.

Thank you for helping on this critical issue for manatees!

Sign up for our free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter: Go to www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm

Our postal address is:

500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States

About SMC

Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to www.savethemanatee.org

Join Us!

Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support our work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm

Pass It Along
Help spread the word about manatees! Please forward this action alert to your family and friends. If you got this message from a friend, sign up to receive our Action Alerts at our Take Action page at www.savethemanatee.org/action.htm

Questions?
You can get updates on Action Alert issues by visiting the Take Action page of our web site. If you have additional questions, e-mail us at action [at] savethemanatee [dot] org