Our sea otters are in trouble -- and there's a simple thing we can do to help them survive: support the California Sea Otter Fund when we pay our taxes this year.
In past years, the California Sea Otter Fund has helped to fund programs to assist in protecting countless sea otters in the state. But 2011 is your last chance to make this life-saving gift on your tax return.
The Franchise Tax Board will expire the Fund after this year, unless it both reaches this year's target amount of $260,890 and legislation, just introduced by Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Carmel), passes to extend the Fund starting in 2012.
Donating is easy! We can donate as little as $1 (just look for line 410 on your 540 tax form), so it won't break our banks to give our sea otters a new lease on life.
The California Sea Otter Fund supports researchers doing important work to recover threatened sea otters in California.
The tax check-off funds raised since 2006 are helping to support a long-term study of the threatened southern sea otter population. The goal of this research is to determine how sea otters are affected by high levels of chemical and pathogen pollution that occurs along developed areas of the California coast.