Date: 3/5/18 11:13 am
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program - call for your support

Support the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program!

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for the
conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted,
fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state, as well as the
protection of the natural communities that make up their habitats.

*You can donate when filing your Massachusetts state income tax by
entering an amount on Line 33a*: "Endangered Wildlife Conservation”.

A critical part of the funding equation for the MA Natural Heritage &
Endangered Species Program are your voluntary contributions on your
Massachusetts state income tax form.  If you care about the future of
our wildlife and wild places here in Massachusetts, please contribute.

Good news!

Contributions and the number of contributors rose between 2015 and 2016!
Total contributions rose from $ 209,886 in 2015 to $ 302,604 in 2016, an
amazing gain of 44.1 %.  The number of contributors via the tax check
off rose by 23.9 % to from 19,364 in 2015 to approximately 24,000 in
2016.Over the past year, contributions are up $ 92,718 on tax returns
and about 4,600 more filers contributed.Additionally. other donations
last year totaled $6,103.This represents a significant increase over
levels of the last several decades.

There’s plenty of room for improvement, however. These numbers mean that
of the approximately 3.3 million income tax filings in Massachusetts,
only 0.7% made a contribution!

For additional details, see below.  You'll also find additional ways to
support NHESP'S efforts and some simple tips for spreading the word.

Your help is making a difference! Thank you for your support of this
important program!

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA

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To learn more about rare and endangered species conservation in
Massachusetts, visit

Click on “Support endangered Species conservation” for more about making
a contribution, reporting a sighting, and other information about the

Ask your tax preparer, if you use one, to fill in the amount of your
contribution on Line 33a: "Endangered Wildlife Conservation" your
Massachusetts state income tax.

*If you have already filed your taxes*, you can still make a direct
donation to the NHESP by sending a check -

Additional ways to support MassWildlife’s NHESP include:

- *Contribute by making a direct donation of $20 or more* to support
this worthwhile program!

  - *Get involved in NHESP Citizen Science opportunities* by reporting
rare species.

  - *Help spread the word!*  Tell a friend, co-worker or neighbor about
this program and its important work. Share this information with your
local bird clubs and other community and conservation groups.

  - *Get the information out* in your community via websites, social
media, newsletters, or letters to the editor.

- *Use images to spread the word *– jpg images and a very short clip are
available to use on your facebook page or website! Request these via
email to <barb620...> <mailto:<barb620...>

  - “*Like” MassWildlife’s Facebook page*
<> and share it with others as there
are many postings about rare and endangered species projects.

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