National Wildlife Refuge System

Refuges on the Radio

Your local radio station may soon feature the sounds and stories of national wildlife refuges through a series of four 60-second public service announcements (PSAs) delivered to 3,500 radio stations nationwide.

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Press Release

Transcript for the Manatee Radio PSA

West Indian manatee
Credit: USFWS

Spokesperson:           This is another National Wildlife Refuge Minute…

Sound of tide rolling in with sea birds and wind

Spokesperson:           Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida is home to a myriad of species, but there’s one in particular for which it’s known: the West Indian manatee.

Sound of a big splash

Spokesperson:          Manatees inhabit these sheltered waters year round and Crystal River Refuge was created specifically for their protection.

Sounds of music, boats - ominous

Spokesperson:          But manatees float right beneath the surface, making them very hard to see: especially from a moving boat, and deep cuts from boat propellers are one of their biggest threats.

Sounds of sirens, doors slamming, people yelling instructions

Music transitions from negative to upbeat

Spokesperson:          Luckily, a Manatee Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to make sure that future generations will be able to enjoy these gentle giants.

Sound of another big splash



In announcing the new public service campaign, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar urged Americans to connect with nature and visit a National Wildlife Refuge. "Americans can take pride in the tremendous beauty and diversity of refuge lands dedicated to the protection of wildlife habitat," Salazar said. "By visiting these places and encouraging their children to forge a connection with nature, they can help ensure vital wildlife conservation efforts will continue for generations to come."
Last updated: November 20, 2009