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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 – be a part of it!

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The IWRA is pleased to announce a community engagement project and encourages all to participate in the Project S.N.A.P. Mosaic Mural Program for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, now under construction!

The project is designed to educate participants and their families about the importance of environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation, and raise awareness about the important role the Detroit River IWR plays in protecting the land, water, and wildlife living in the area. The program will cultivate a powerful connection between thousands of students, their families, and the Refuge as they become a stakeholder in the “big picture."

The mosaic mural will serve as a permanent tribute to the importance of environmental stewardship and a reminder of the experience that participants had during the program. It will remain a legacy for generations and a learning opportunity for every visitor who views the mosaic mural upon entry to the Visitor Center. In addition, all will be able to access the mosaic mural online in the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum, and share their artwork reaching thousands more.

Be recognized as one of the 10 sponsors IN the mural, or one of the six ON over 3,000 posters!
  • With a gift of $1,000 you can be IN the mural with your hand drawn logo, business or family name
  • With a gift of $5,000 you will be recognized with your logo ON the thousands of posters that will be given to all artwork participants and available in the new Nature Store

Contact IWRA Executive Director Joann Van Aken for more information at iwr_alliance@yahoo.com or 734-692-7671

Please don’t wait - the mural will be going into production soon!

Learn more about the Project S.N.A.P mosaic mural at projectsnap.org.
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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

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

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