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North Oakland Headwater Land Conservancy

Big Help For a Little Butterfly

Help us protect the last remaining land home to the endangered Poweshiek Skipperling and headwaters of the Shiawassee River. Together we can safeguard this habitat to encourage biodiversity and ensure the quality of water for our communities.
raised of US$275,000 target
RCN 237207644


Protect Land and Water For All

Our mission is to protect one of the last remaining Prairie Fen Wetlands the endangered Poweshiek Skipperling butterfly calls home. This wetland is also home to the headwaters of the Shiawassee River. By saving this habitat, we protect the homes of many animal and plant species as well as the quality of water for our communities.

It is far more efficient to prevent environmental damage than to clean it up afterward.

Thanks to you, we're well on our way to raising our $275,000 goal. We kicked off our multi-year campaign and successfully raised $200,000 with generous support from private donors, The Carls Foundation, and Consumers Energy. These contributions funded the purchase of initial acreage and land stewardship. We are now entering the final year of the campaign with only $75,000 left to raise. We will use your donations to purchase more acreage and support the stewardship work needed to preserve the land for future generations.

Help us protect this vital habitat for the benefit of humans and nature alike. Let's work together to ensure future generations have the opportunity to experience the wonder of this unique slice of the world.

Please give as generously as you can. Your contribution will be matched 2 to 1.

Poweshiek Skipperling

Once the most common prairie skipper (butterfly), the Poweshiek Skipperling is now listed by the international database, IUCN, as critically endangered. These skippers are found in pristine Prairie Fen wetland habitats, which, too, are endangered. Increased development with a lack of concern for natural ecosystems leads to the decline of this abundant habitat and this species. The nature of ecosystems is, as its name indicates, a system. Once one species starts to disappear, others follow, dependent on each other for food and other needs.

BHHC and partners, both regionally and internationally, recognize the urgency to promote compatible development. To do this, we collaborate to preserve parcels of land to create greenway corridors and provide space for scientists to study and monitor the health of many species dependent on the fen. Protecting Prairie Fen habitats not only safeguards species like the Poweshiek but also saves our drinking water. Prairie Fens are often home to the headwaters of major rivers and, if contaminated, result in the pollution of water downstream and connected underground aquifers.

About the charity

We are a non-profit land conservancy dedicated to protecting the natural resources and quality of life for our communities and future generations. We do this by preserving land and water in the headwaters areas of the Clinton, Shiawassee, Huron and Flint Rivers.

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