2016 Year in Review

2016 was an incredibly important and successful year for MNA! We are excited to provide this 2016 Year in Review, a snapshot of a remarkable year and a powerful testament to the tremendous work made possible by our members, volunteers, and donors. There are may stories to celebrate as we take a look back at a busy year. Here are just a few highlights:

  • We completed nine land acquisition projects adding more than 800 acres to our statewide network of nature sanctuaries.
  • We restored critical habitat for endangered species including the eastern prairie fringed orchid, Karner blue butterfly, Blanchard’s cricket frog and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake.
  • We worked with teachers and schools, and reached out to families and communities, to help connect children with nature.

Our founders envisioned an organization that would connect people with nature and leave a lasting legacy by protecting Michigan’s unique natural heritage. We can say with confidence that our 2016 accomplishments uphold that bold vision while preparing us for the difficult work ahead.

Thank you to our members, donors, and volunteers for making 2016 a great success and a year to remember! If you would like to support MNA, you can become a member or make a tax-deductible contribution.

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MNA to honor outstanding volunteers at Volunteer & Donor Recognition Dinner

A festive group at a past Volunteer and Donor Recognition Dinner.

A festive group at a past Volunteer and Donor Recognition Dinner.

By Sally Zimmerman, MNA Intern

Join the Michigan Nature Association for a night of good food and great fellowship as we honor those who have given their time and effort through the years to help conserve the natural beauty of Michigan. MNA is holding the 2013 Volunteer & Donor Recognition Dinner on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. MNA will present several awards, including the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Mason and Melvin Schafer Distinguished Service Award at the event.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to volunteers who devote many hours to MNA by attending workdays, completing file analysis, monitoring sanctuaries and volunteering in less than ideal weather conditions. This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award recipients are Bill McEachern, Barbara Mead, Mike Roys and Peter and Jill Pietila.

Charlie Eshbach, winner of this year's Mason and Melvin Schafer Distinguished Service Award

Charlie Eshbach, winner of this year’s Mason and Melvin Schafer Distinguished Service Award

The Mason and Melvin Schafer Distinguished Service Award is given to exemplary volunteers who have contributed to MNA over a minimum of 10 years. This year, the award is being given to Charles Eshbach for his service and dedication to preserving nature sanctuaries over the past 40 years.

Along with honoring these extraordinary volunteers, the event will also feature a silent auction that will benefit MNA’s conservation actions. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on big-ticket items, such as a sea kayak tour for two people and a weeklong stay at a cottage up north.

Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling (866) 223-2231, or emailing dcooke@michigannature.org. The deadline to RSVP is October 11. Reserve your seat today to be part of this special event!