Christmas is a great time to adopt
Need a gift for someone who has everything?
How about adopting a threatened loggerhead sea turtle hatchling or an entire nest from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring or adopting an endangered manatee from Save the Manatee Club?
Turtle nest parents will be able to choose the wording on a personalized, handcrafted plaque that will be posted on a turtle nest on Anna Maria Island in 2015.
They also will receive a letter of appreciation, a DVD of their nest, nesting data from their nest, such as how many turtles hatched from it, and surprise bonus gifts that could include a tote bag, temporary tattoos, bumper stickers and more.
The $100 donation will help Turtle Watch protect sea turtles on the Island for future generations to enjoy.
You can adopt a hatchling for $25, and will receive a photograph of your hatchling, a certificate and surprise bonus gifts.
If you order before Jan. 1, you will receive a free 2014 wooden turtle Christmas ornament.
Visit www.islandturtlewatch.com or the Turtle Watch booth at the Coquina Beach Market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Are marine mammals more your style?
A live Florida manatee with a known history can be adopted at www.savethem
anatee.org, or by calling 1-800-432-5646.
An annual manatee adoption costs $25 and includes an adoption certificate, photo of a real endangered manatee, biography, membership handbook and newsletters throughout the year with updated reports on the manatees in the adoption program. A personalized holiday message is offered with each gift adoption.
View the adoptees – Squeaky, Annie, Rocket, Whiskers and many more – at www.savethemanatee.org/adoptees.html.
Each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee® program online for a $35 tax-deductible donation will also receive a 24 inches x 12 inches full-color, 2015 wall calendar.
Funds from the adoption program go toward emergency rescue response for sick and injured manatees, and for waterway signage, public awareness, research and more.