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  • $1,540 RAISED OF $2,500 GOAL


  • Give Green Day Matching Gifts $235
  • Jill Roecker $100
  • Lisa Duke $25
  • Jessica Caton $20
  • John Nowakowski $25
  • John Marietta $20
  • Genevieve Rozhon $75
  • Auriel Fournier $30
  • Sara Srinivasan $20
  • Jeanne Turner $200
  • Roslyn Cooper $25
  • Tiffany Greenfield $75
  • Kara Haas $20
  • Kathy Forsyth $20
  • Jack Eitniear Center for the Study of Tropical Birds, Inc $500
  • James Allen $100
  • Sarah Carroll $50

Support Summer Internships at MSU’s Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

For the past ten years over 15 students have been able to spend their summer as an intern at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, thanks to funds from the Joe Johnson Endowment Fund for Wildlife Conservation.

The students have spent their summers learning how to care for birds, including daily hands-on care and weekly health checks, while learning about conservation efforts and participating in educational programs for sanctuary visitors.

Former Sanctuary intern Brenden Kokx assists Sanctuary staff and the MDNR in banding a pair of Osprey nesting in West Michigan

Hear from the students themselves what the internship means to them

“During my internship at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary I grew as a student interested in avian biology, became more comfortable interacting with the public and gained hands-on research experience. This opportunity made possible my forthcoming graduate study in the MSU Fisheries and Wildlife program. I owe much to my internship experience at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.”

Jessica Caton
MSU Student Intern at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
College of Natural Science, Zoology Major

Former intern with a bird they cared for during their time at the sanctuary“This internship provided me with much more than just an opportunity to work with animals, but a place where I could grow as a professional. I obtained unique knowledge about animals that has made me confident with my future animal involvements. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary has made me a more rounded person and I am very grateful for all of the staff that has helped me along the way!”

Olivia Lefere
MSU Student Intern at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
College of Natural Science, Zoology Major

Your Support Will Make a Big Impact

Your gift to the Joe Johnson Endowment Fund for Wildlife Conservation helps student interns enjoy hands-on work experience that provides valuable skills as they enter the world of higher education and their professional endeavors. Please make your gift today. Thank you!

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 19OOPCF1KBSGGD” in the note section.

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