While I don’t blog exclusively about marine mollusks, I’m teaming up with the ocean blogosphere to raise money for students in need. Please join us and support ocean and environmental education in the United States. Every year science bloggers unite to raise thousands of dollars and impact thousands of students. You can make a difference and make a donation (tax-deductible!) of as little as $5 and as much as you like through Donors Choose. You can choose from the various projects we’ve highlited in which teachers need supplies to teach their students about marine science.
You may be pleased to know there’s more in it for you than just warm fuzzy feelings. If you donate, email your receipt to me at shellandmantleATgmailDOTcom, and you’ll be entered into a raffle for fabulous prizes! Prizes will be announced over time, but there are already some really great ones: Kevin over at the ever awesome Deep Sea News will be giving away a book from his personal library as well as writing a song about a winner’s favorite organism! Amazing. What rhymes with nudibranch?
My contribution to the raffle? I will knit or crochet the mollusk of choice for a winner. If you ask really nicely, I might consider making a non-molluscan marine organism, provided there’s a pattern. But don’t you want a mollusk? There’s conchs! Nudibranchs! How about this octopus? Not this particular one, made by my friend WonderMike, but one just like it!
I’ll be continuing to promote this cause for the duration of the drive, until November 9. So donate, let me know, and win something!