"Be a Hero!" decals help with the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management of Florida's endangered manatees and sea turtles.
People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5.
Rescues of manatees and sea turtles that are injured, ill or otherwise in distress are one of the many FWC conservation activities supported by decal donations.
The new editions of the decals are originally designed works of art, and available now at local tax collectors' offices across the state and at MyFWC.com.
"People who voluntarily donate $5 for a manatee or sea turtle decal increase the chances that these species will remain in Florida for many years," said Carol Knox, the FWC's imperiled species section leader. "You can be a hero and show support for manatees and sea turtles by placing decals on your car, boat or truck, and on things your kids use a lot - like their computers, backpacks or bikes."
This year's edition of the manatee decal provides information on the back side of the decal about how and where to report injured or distressed manatees.
Besides calling the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-3922 (FWCC), people can dial #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or text Tip@MyFWC.com and report the location of the animal, its signs of injury or distress, the nearest boat ramp and contact information.