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Join John In Helping Florida’s Manatees

Despite living in Florida for nearly 25 years, John Siegwarth has never seen a manatee. But that didn’t stop him from feeling called to respond when it was clear their habitat needed restoration help. “I’ve always been conservation-minded, ever since I was a little kid,” said John. “With the manatee’s

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Innovation at the Islander Resort

The Islander Resort in Islamorada isn't only a beautiful, historic getaway in the Middle Keys, it's also a champion of coral reef conservation. They’ve stirred things up by supporting our Florida Coral Reef Conservation Fund via the sale of their spectacular Reef Relief Cocktail. A healthy portion of the sale

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New Funding in the Fight Against a Deadly Disease

The fight against a new wildlife disease in Florida recently gained a powerful ally. ICYMI: chronic wasting disease (CWD), a deadly neurological disorder that affects white-tail deer, was found in Florida last June via the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) robust monitoring program. FWC has been monitoring free-ranging deer

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Species Spotlight: Florida Sandhill Crane

As Valentine's Day approaches, let's turn our attention to one of Florida's most enchanting love stories — the majestic sandhill crane. While these elegant birds are known for their striking appearance and distinctive calls, their commitment to lifelong partnerships adds an extra layer of romance to wild Florida. The Florida

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Rare Panther Sighting on Duette Preserve

Duette Preserve in Manatee County, a sprawling 21,000-acre wild paradise and the headwaters of the Myakka River, is home to a diverse population of species including the endemic Florida scrub-jay, and more recently, the elusive Florida panther. Duette Preserve is a welcoming haven for dozens of species, in part thanks

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Grants At Work: St. Lucie Eelgrass Growing Swimmingly

Six months ago, the North Fork of the St. Lucie River became the new site of 540 new eelgrass plants. Six months later, the results are in: our underwater plants are growing swimmingly. In partnership with FWC, Sea & Shoreline, and Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), our Foundation funded the replanting

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Love is in the Air, Now Let’s Get Seagrass in the Water

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending love to your family, friends, and Florida’s manatees. Now through February 8th, we’ll send a personalized valentine to the manatee-lover of your choosing when you donate $25 to our Marine Mammal Fund. All proceeds will support seagrass restoration in the Sunshine State. Seagrass restoration is

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Ask Gordon

Gordon L. Nelson, CPA, CFP® is a planned giving specialist. Want to get your questions answered? Write him or call him at 435.213.9986. February 2024 Dear Gordon, I have a life insurance policy that I no longer need (long story better suited for another type of advice column). Recently, a friend

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New Year, Same Resolution: Save Wild Florida

Don’t ditch those resolutions just yet! January may be over, but if you’ve resolved to become a more eco-aware Floridian, we’ve got the inspiration you need. Commit to a reusable water bottle (difficulty: easy) By refilling a reusable water bottle, you reduce the need for single-use plastic water bottles, many

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Protecting wild Florida begins with you. From Pensacola Bay to Key West, our Foundation is working to protect Florida’s natural lands and waters and the wildlife they harbor.

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