HMANA has a golden opportunity almost right in front of us, and we are asking for your help to make it a reality. You can help in two ways.
2) During the year of our 40th Anniversary, help us plan the next 40 by giving feedback on our goals for the future through this quick online survey here.
One thing HMANA has never had in its 40 year history is a home. But now we have an unprecedented opportunity to secure one. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has offered HMANA, rent-free space in the new Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, along the lower Detroit River, just 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan, currently under construction.
This offer is perfect for us in many ways—it is centrally located at the intersection of two major North American flyways—the Atlantic and Mississippi—and this location is strategically located to help HMANA strengthen and grow our own multi-national membership. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is the only international refuge in North America, and we want to be a part of it. But we need your help to make that happen.
The HMANA board remains committed to its goal of raising a total of $135,000 over three years so we can hire a professional executive director to coordinate HMANA’s diverse activities and be the face of HMANA in the new visitor center.
We are now in the second year of a matching challenge grant for the Counting for Raptor Conservation, and though a matching donation of $15,000 in each of three years from an anonymous donor is a huge step, even that won’t take us to where we want to go. We need to raise additional funds to put HMANA on a solid course for its next 40 years and to take our work to an even higher level.
As a primarily volunteer organization, our work is limited by what volunteers can accomplish during evenings and weekends. There’s never enough time to do what we all know should be done and needs to be done. We need an executive director to more effectively implement HMANA’s critical mission and our passion. We all feel honored and privileged to watch streams of migrating raptors overhead each spring and fall. We need to share that passion with more people and inspire them to join our efforts if we are to be truly successful in confronting the conservation challenges that lie ahead.
Please help HMANA reach its goal for this special matching grant. Support us now with a generous donation. Don’t let us miss out on this golden opportunity. The raptors are counting on us to see that the many streams and rivers of raptors across North America flows for the next 40 years and far beyond.
To learn more about the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and its visitor center, please visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Detroit_River/