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     Tax time is time to think about donating to the Non-Game Fund -- AW


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Subject: TAX DONATIONS ARE FOR THE BIRDS 
Author:  <DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.CNOC.STATE.MI.US> at internet
Date:    1/28/00 2:03 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 28 JAN 00
CONTACTS:       Eve Rolandson, or
Raymond Rustem, 517-373-1263
     
TAX DONATIONS ARE FOR THE BIRDS
     
LANSING--Bald eagles, common terns, piping plovers, 
Kirtland's warblers, loons and many other bird species 
benefit from the contributions of concerned taxpayers. You 
can help, too. On Michigan's state income tax form, next to 
the "Loon," you have an opportunity to provide critical 
funds to help manage these species. Funding for nongame 
animals, protected plants and their habitats are dependent 
on this annual voluntary opportunity, which also supports 
research, education and habitat improvement. Many of 
Michigan's threatened and endangered migratory birds also 
benefit from this funding source. 
Michigan's threatened common loon, for example, will benefit 
from a nongame fish and wildlife grant received by Lake 
Superior State University. The study seeks to identify 
natural and artificial variables, including recreational 
use, on the current and potential loon occupation of lakes 
in the Upper Peninsula. The first phase of this project is a 
field analysis of 80 western Upper Peninsula lakes. Results 
of this research will help with developing strategies to aid 
in loon recovery efforts. It is hoped this will result in an 
increase in the successful occupation of loons on Upper 
Peninsula lake environments.
Educational outreach efforts, many of which focus on eagles, 
hawks, great blue herons and song birds, are made possible 
through the tax checkoff contributions. Schoolteachers, 
youth leaders and citizens across the state receive wildlife 
posters, assistance with the design of teaching activities, 
videos and landscaping for wildlife tips. Some of the best 
birding areas and other watchable wildlife locations are 
available to the Michigan vacationer through a wildlife 
viewing guide.
These are just a few ways your dollars are helping wildlife. 
Remember to "LOOK FOR THE LOON" on your state income tax 
form. For more information on other projects, you can 
request a free copy of the quarterly newsletter, The 
Spotting Scope. Send your name and address to Natural 
Heritage Program, Box 30180, Lansing, MI 48909-7680. You 
also can find information through the Department of Natural 
Resources Web site at www.dnr.state.mi.us. 
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