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Our Mission
The mission of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance is to support the first international wildlife refuge in North America. We work with partnerships to protect, conserve, and manage the Refuge’s wildlife and habitats; to create exceptional conservation, recreational, and educational experiences; and to develop the next generation of conservation stewards.
Our Board
Members of the Board come from a wide range of organizations, businesses and backgrounds to contribute their skills to the success of the Refuge.

A day of celebration with past Congressman John D. Dingell & Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, January 14, 2017.
Back Row: John Cullen, Gary Kirsh, Roberta Urbani, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Richard Micka, Tim Bowman, Joann Van Aken, Joann Gonyea, Richard Skoglund, John Hartig
Front row: Gary Dawson, Denis Boismier, John D. Dingell, Richard Whitwam
Not pictured: Mary Bohling, Marika Diamond, Elizabeth Iszler, Paul Muelle, Anita Twardesky

2017 Board of Directors
Richard G. Micka • Chair
Gary R. Kirsh • Vice Chair, ITC Holdings Company

Tim Bowman • Treasurer, Monroe Bank and Trust
Roberta Urbani • Secretary, DTE Energy
Marika Diamond • Liason, BASF Corporation

Mary Bohling • Michigan Sea Grant
Denis Boismier  • City of Gibraltar
John Cullen
Gary Dawson • Consumers Energy
Joann Gonyea • City of Trenton
Elizabeth Iszler • Wayne County Parks
Paul Muelle • Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority
Bob Ranka • Ducks Unlimited
Donald Skidmore, Jr.
Richard Skoglund
Anita Twardesky • Riverside Kayak Connection
Richard Whitwam • Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival

Joann Van Aken  • Executive Director

Now's your chance to share your passion for the Refuge.
We have a variety of ongoing projects that you can support:

The Project S.N.A.P. Mosaic Mural
The IWRA encourages all to participate in the Project S.N.A.P. Mosaic Mural program. The project is designed to educate participants and their families about the importance of environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation by raising awareness of the important role the Detroit River IWR plays in protecting the area's land, water, and wildlife. The mosaic mural will be located in the Visitor Center and will serve as a lasting legacy of the experience that participants had during the program. For more details, visit our "What's New" page.
The Blue Goose Bus Fund
The Blue Goose Bus Fund offers an allowance for school groups to offset the cost of bus transportation to the Refuge. For more information, visit our "What's New" page.
The IWRA Legacy Endowment Fund
It is our priority to consistently provide a quality conservation and outdoor recreational experience at the Refuge Gateway and Humbug Marsh Unit and the endowment will manifest our commitment to making this a priority.
Considerable funds are needed to operate, maintain, and program the Visitor Center, boat dock and Fishing Pier, trails, environmental education shelter, etc. with quality. This endowment also helps protect our initial investment (land acquisition, restoration work, the Visitor Center building) and ensures a long-term mechanism to operate, maintain, and program these facilities and habitats with quality. In addition, the endowment will help operate, maintain, and program other units of the Refuge.

You can also support IWRA's efforts through a non-targeted donation.
$15 "Mayfly" donation level: receive an IWRA decal
$30 "Canvasback" donation level: receive an IWRA pin and decal
$60 "Walleye" donation level: receive an IWRA hat, pin, and decal
$100 "Great Blue Heron" donation level: receive an IWRA licence plate, pin, and decal
$250 "Lake Sturgeon" donation level: receive two reservations to the next Benefit Dinner, IWRA licence plate, pin, and decal

Please help by donating through PayPal. Please note how you want your donation to be applied.

Call for more details:
(734) 692-7671
Contact Us

9311 Groh Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Phone: (734) 692 7671

E-mail: iwr_alliance@yahoo.com
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