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New Regional Treaty a Boost for Migratory Birds

More than fifty people, including students from the Ralph J. Bunche Preparatory Academy, assembled on the Detroit Riverwalk to witness Metropolitan Detroit become the 29th U.S. city in the Urban Bird Treaty program. The program was established in 1999 as a collaborative effort among federal, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to create bird-friendly environments and to provide citizens the opportunities to connect with nature through birding and conservation activities.

Read more about the signing in this article from the Trenton (MI) Tribune.
Good News About the Detroit River Outlined

In an article for "The Outdoor Wire," James D. Swan, Ph.D.provides an overview of the Detroit River, from its early colonial days as a waterway for French colonists, to industrial dumping ground by the United States and Canada, to pollution control efforts in the early 20th century, and finally to environmental success stories of the last couple of decades. Dr. Swan shares family recollections and observations from Detroit River IWR manager Dr. John Hartig. To read the article, go to www.theoutdoorwire.com/features/231925.
John D. Dingell Friend of the Refuge Awards for 2017

On May 15, 2017 at the Gibraltar (MI) City Hall, the IWRA announced the winners of this year's John D. Dingell Friend of the Refuge awards, in recognition of leadership and dedication to conservation on the Detroit River and the western Lake Erie Basin. The honorees were Dr. Russell G. Kreis, Jr. (individual honoree); Michigan Sea Grant (non-profit honoree), and CN Rail (corporate honoree). Read more about each recipient and the awards. Click on the photos to enlarge.

New Refuge Visitor Center named for John D. Dingell, Jr.

Detroit News photo by Todd McInturf

At a ceremony January 14, 2017, officials with the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge announced that the new visitor center, currently under construction, will be named for former US Representative John D. Dingell, Jr. Dingell, who served nearly sixty years in Congress, championed the refuge as well as a host of environmental initiatives and conservation legislation.

The 2016 Annual Report is now available to be viewed and downloaded online.

Click here to go to the report.

The Refuge is working with Detroit Audubon on the "Safe Passage Program," which provides dark corridors for nighttime flyers.

Learn more about Safe Passage here (PDF) and at this Detroit Audubon page.

Project S.N.A.P. Mosaic Mural Coming Soon

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We have received all the funding that was needed for theProject S.N.A.P. Mosaic Mural. Thank you to all who contributed; we greatly appreciate the support!

The mural will be revealed with the grand opening of the Refuge Visitor Center in Spring, 2018.
Blue Goose Bus Fund - Help students visit the Refuge!

The IWRA's Blue Goose Bus Fund will help schools and educators experience the Detroit River IWR by helping to offset the costs of bus transportation to and from the Refuge.
For more information, contact Executive Director Joann Van Aken at iwr_alliance@yahoo.com or 734-692-7671.

Construction on the Fishing Pier Continues:
completion expected later in 2017

For more photos of the design and the construction, visit the Photo Gallery page.
Upcoming Events

August 17, Thursday
Detroit River Restoration Tour
After years of dedication and hard work, the river ecosystems are headed to recovery. Join the Friends of the Detroit River, Michigan Sea Grant, and their many partners in this exploration of restoration habitats. Space is limited! Visit this link for more information.

August 27, Sunday
Fishing Pier Fundraiser:
Buster's Place
5784 West Jefferson
Trenton MI  2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us at "Buster's Place" to help raise funds to complete the school ship dock and fishing pier at the Refuge. There will be food, drinks, raffles, and a live auction. For more information or for donation information, contact:
Danielle Hartig (734) 365-2442
Pam Lezotte (734) 676-4292
Joann Van Aken (734) 692-7671

August 31, Thursday
BaySail Schooner cruise  5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for an evening adventure on the BaySail Schooner as we cruise the Detroit River. Limited tickets, so get yours now! Proceeds benefit the Detroit River IWR. For more information, visit the BaySail Schooner page.

The 2016 Calendar of Events for the International Wildlife Refuge is now online. Check the dates for an event.

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