Date: 2/10/19 3:42 pm
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program - call for your support
Support Rare and Endangered Species in Massachusetts!

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MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is
responsible for the conservation and protection of wildlife species that
are not considered game species and the natural communities that make up
their habitats. The focus of the Program is on conservation and
restoration of the 427 native plants and animals listed under the
Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.

Funding for the Program relies, in part, on individual contributions,
NOT on general fund tax dollars. Your help does make a difference!  It
supports the field surveys, research, habitat management, regulatory
review, and land protection for the hundreds of rare creatures and
plants in the Bay State.


If you care about the future of our wildlife and wild places here in
Massachusetts, you can contribute in one of several ways:

1 - We’re in tax filing season**-- Make a donation on your MA state
income tax return on line 33a for

Endangered Wildlife Conservation. Contributions by this method in 2017
were $312,297 by just

over 23,000 individuals.  (2016 - $302,603, 24,082 individuals contributed)


2 - Make a Direct Donation! (It’s tax deductible…)

      - Send a check payable to “Comm. of MA-NHESP” and mail to:

MassWildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA  01581 OR

- Donate online with your credit card as a “Guest Customer” through
MassFishHunt,MassWildlife’s licensing system.

Just type in MassFishHunt
<https://www.ma.wildlifelicense.com/IS/Customer/InternetCustomerSearch>__into
your browser and log in as a Guest Customer!

Direct donations through this method in 2017 totaled $7,891 dollars, up
from $6103 in 2016.

There’s plenty of room for improvement!


I will close by asking you to reflect on the success of the Bald Eagle
restoration effort that began in 1982.  This past year, a
record-breaking 76 territorial eagle pairs were documented in
Massachusetts!  Observations from birders and other interested citizens
played a big part in this documentation.  MassWildlife depends on
reports of eagle nests or observations of eagles carrying sticks from
birders like you to monitor these magnificent birds.

MassWildlife and others are sure there are more eagle nests out there
that haven’t been found or documented.  For instance, who will find and
confirm the first eagle nest on Cape Cod?!

 Additional ways to support NHESP'S efforts can be found at
www.mass.gov/service-details/support-endangered-species-conservation
<http://www.mass.gov/service-details/support-endangered-species-conservation>


Thank you for your support, whether it’s a donation, reporting
observations or telling others about this important program that
conserves wildlife for everyone to enjoy!

Remember – line 33a on your Massachusetts state tax return!

Please share!

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA

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