Your Monthly Get Involved Challenge!

January 2021

Volunteer locally.

Join a weekly clean up event with Florida Ocean Hour to reduce marine debris.

Improve your community by volunteering on the MLK day of service.

Become a “citizen scientist” with the Galveston Bay Foundation.

Water scientists need your help to understand the latest conditions in Lake Pontchartrain. Volunteer with the Ponchartrain Conservancy.

“Embrace the Gulf” with your time, your passion, and your resources.

Volunteer from anywhere around the Gulf to study microplastics.

February 2021

Help Wildlife.

Report sick, injured, or stranded wildlife to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline.

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count February 12-15.

Embrace the Gulf with your time, your passion, and your resources by donating to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Protect animals that are active at night by making smart lighting choices.

Use a terrapin excluder device on your crab trap to protect diamondback terrapins.

Create wildlife habitats in your own backyard.

March 2021

Keep our water clean.

Add a rain barrel to your home to help reduce flooding and pollution.

Follow best practices that prevent water pollution every time you go boating.

Embrace the Gulf with your time, your passion, and your resources by donating to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Choose phosphate-free soaps to help prevent algae blooms.

Is there part of your yard that floods when it rains? Plant a rain garden!

When you’re done cooking, pour cooled oil into a container and recycle.

Use water wisely when caring for your yard and garden.

April 2021

Protect coastal habitats in your community.

Install a living shoreline instead of a bulkhead to protect our coastlines.

Volunteer to grow an “oyster garden” and help restore oyster reefs.

Lift, drift, poll, or troll your boat over seagrass beds to prevent damage.

Protect fragile sand dunes by staying on paths and boardwalks.

Join us in building partnerships for a healthier Gulf by donating to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Protect your skin and marine life by making smart sunscreen choices.

Consider a conservation easement to protect your land’s natural values.

May 2021

Make sure you are prepared for hurricane season.

Know the risks and have a plan for natural disasters where you live.

Use the “Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters” to make your home more resilient to storms.

Join us in building more resilient Gulf communities by donating to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Keep a disaster supply kit with must-have items including food and water.

Have a continuity plan to keep your business open after a disaster.

Protect your property from hurricanes and natural disasters.

If you work on the water, have a plan to protect your business from wind, storm surge, and other risks.

June 2021

Get outside!

Get outside and enjoy the Gulf Coast by boating and fishing.

“Paddle the Gulf” by kayak or canoe and find adventure with a purpose.

Join us in our commitment to clean water and healthy habitats by donating to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Visit one of the Gulf’s eight national parks this summer.

Enjoy a walk along the beach and look for seashells.

Go stargazing and enjoy the outdoors all night long.

July 2021

Embrace the Gulf when you travel

Protect wildlife by taking beach gear and trash with you when you leave the beach.

Support thriving and resilient coastal communities by donating to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Take easy steps to save energy, conserve water, and reduce waste when you travel.

Eat like a local by choosing sustainable seafood and in-season produce.

Choose hotels that focus on sustainability and the environment.

Donate to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Look for meaningful, long-lasting souvenirs to remember your trip without creating waste.

Learn more about the Gulf’s animals and habitats at one of the region’s aquariums.

August 2021

This month, learn ways to Embrace the Gulf when fishing.

Conserve fish populations by using catch-and-release fishing practices.

Give fish a “helping hand” with techniques that increase their chance of survival.

Join us in our commitment to healthy Gulf fisheries by donating to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Choose circle hooks and other fishing gear that reduces harm to fish.

Do your part to prevent marine debris by keeping trash and used fishing gear out of the water.

Donate to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Use a fish descending device to help fish recover and return to deeper reefs.

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