Tell the FWS to protect our manatees

More than 500 manatees died in the first two and a half months of 2021. That's about six deaths every day. At this rate, we could lose a third of Florida's manatees by the end of the year.

In many cases, Florida's manatees are threatened by the impact of human activity on their habitats. Various overlapping threats and pressures could pose an existential threat to Florida's manatees.

Now more than ever, manatees need the protections that come with "endangered" status. For that reason, I urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to classify manatees as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.