On Tuesday, April 17th at Gibraltar City Hall, two John D. Dingell Friend of the Refuge Awards were given in recognition of leadership and dedication to conservation on the Detroit River and western Lake Erie Basin. This year’s honorees were Richard E. Mills (Individual Award) and The Nature Conservancy (Non-Profit Award).
Read more about the awards and the recipients here (PDF).
IWRA Chair Richard Micka, Deputy District Director Michael Klotz (representing Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and John Dingell), Richard and Cheryl Mills, and IWRA Executive Director Joann Van Aken.The 2018 Friend of the Refuge- Individual Award was presented to Mr. Richard Mills on Tuesday, April 17 at Gibraltar City Hall.Photo: Mark Messer
IWRA Chair Richard Micka, Deputy District Director Michael Klotz (representing Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and John Dingell), TNC Restoration Director Chris May, IWRA Executive Director Joann Van Aken, and TNC Associate State Director Patrick Doran. The 2018 Friend of the Refuge- Non-Profit Award was presented to The Nature Conservancy on Tuesday, April 17 at Gibraltar City Hall. Photo: Mark Messer
New Regional Treaty a Boost for Migratory Birds
More than fifty people, including students from the Ralph J. Bunche Preparatory Academy, assembled on the Detroit Riverwalk to witness Metropolitan Detroit become the 29th U.S. city in the Urban Bird Treaty program. The program was established in 1999 as a collaborative effort among federal, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to create bird-friendly environments and to provide citizens the opportunities to connect with nature through birding and conservation activities.
Refuge Open House - Gibraltar Bay Unit in Grosse Ile
Learn why "Fishing is Fantastic." Fishing-related activites include casting, baiting hooks, and tieing knots.For more information, contact Jennifer Braatz email@example.com.
June 10, Sunday12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kids Free Fishing Event - Milliken State Park, Detroit
Enjoy family-friendly fishing activities on the Detroit Riverwalk! This is a free fishing weekend so no licences are required.For more information, contact Jennifer Braatz firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 22, 23, 24, Friday & Saturday(10 am - 11 pm)& Sunday(10 am - 6 pm)
Trenton Summer Festival, Trenton MI
Come to downtown Trenton to experience over 200 artists, craftsmen, and many festival food vendors during the 43rd annual Trenton Summer Festival. Go tothis linkfor more information.
Good News About the Detroit River Outlined
In an article for "The Outdoor Wire," James D. Swan, Ph.D.provides an overview of the Detroit River, from its early colonial days as a waterway for French colonists, to industrial dumping ground by the United States and Canada, to pollution control efforts in the early 20th century, and finally to environmental success stories of the last couple of decades. Dr. Swan shares family recollections and observations from Detroit River IWR manager Dr. John Hartig. To read the article, go to www.theoutdoorwire.com/features/231925.
John D. Dingell Friend of the Refuge Awards for 2017
On May 15, 2017 at the Gibraltar (MI) City Hall, the IWRA announced the winners of this year's John D. Dingell Friend of the Refuge awards, in recognition of leadership and dedication to conservation on the Detroit River and the western Lake Erie Basin. The honorees were Dr. Russell G. Kreis, Jr. (individual honoree); Michigan Sea Grant (non-profit honoree), and CN Rail (corporate honoree).Read more about each recipient and the awards. Click on the photos to enlarge.
New Refuge Visitor Center named for John D. Dingell, Jr.
Detroit News photo by Todd McInturf
At a ceremony January 14, 2017, officials with the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge announced that the new visitor center, currently under construction, will be named for former US Representative John D. Dingell, Jr. Dingell, who served nearly sixty years in Congress, championed the refuge as well as a host of environmental initiatives and conservation legislation.