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.
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!
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* www.facebook.com/masswildlife <http://www.facebook.com/masswildlife> and share it with others as there are many postings about rare and endangered species projects.