The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is inviting all Florida students in grades 9-12 to submit artwork for the 2011-2012 manatee decals. The decals will be available to Florida residents when they donate 5 or more dollars to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund. The funds raised will go towards manatee rescue and rehabilitation, research, and public awareness.
Florida schools may submit up to 5 pieces of original student artwork by January 28. For the complete rules and more information about the contest, see: MyFWC.com.
The Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, is an herbivorous mammal that inhabits the shallow coastal waters, rivers, and springs of Florida and neighboring states. It is considered endangered. November is Manatee Awareness Month in Florida.