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Update #8

Special Thanks To:

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Hello Backers,

The second round of pledges are starting to roll in, mainly through PayPal. Thank you dearly to all those who've pledged again since we fell short of our Kickstarter goal. Your continued support is keeping the project alive and well. If you haven't re-pledged yet, you can do so by clicking HERE.

I want to take this moment to thank some people and organizations who've helped make the fundraiser and project possible. First and foremost, a big thank you to Karen Chadwick. The Kickstarter fundraising campaign would not have happened had it not been for Karen's volunteer time and energy. She coordinated the promotion and press for the campaign and was instrumental in helping get the word out to the community. Her tireless enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication have been a godsend. Thank you Karen!

(Freeze frame from an interview of Karen at the site of the Osprey nest)

Another thank you to Bruce Schultz for his consultation, feedback, and much needed humor. 

I also want to thank Rose Norwood and the Kalamazoo Nature Center for the use of the Center for our Pledge Party; Laurie Russell of the Nature Connection for donating a gift basket; the Stewards of Kleinstuck for letting me speak to the perfect audience; the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo for spreading the word to bird lovers; Nathan Szivan for a great interview on WIDR; Rebecca Thiele for her finely crafted segment on WMUK; the Kalamazoo Gazette for surviving and covering local events; Jeff Spoelstra and the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council for notifying Kalamazoo River supporters; Gary Wager and the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition for doing the same; Tom Small of Wild Ones for spreading the word to plant lovers; the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy for notifying conservationists; the People's Food Co-op for recognizing how contamination of the food-chain affects everyone and everything; everyone I may have forgotten (forgive me); and lastly, all of you backers for contributing your hard earned money during economically tough times. I'm honored that you consider the project worthy of your support. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Matt

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    KESTREL. You'll be honored and recognized in the master donor list, receive a desktop wallpaper and postcard, 2 DVDs, an Osprey T-shirt, PLUS a signed, 16 x 22" archival print of any one of Matt's wildlife photos from his personal website. Not only will you be recognized in the master donor list on the website, you'll be listed in the Thank You's in the ending credits of the video. Just think: your name on screen! Thank you!

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    MAMA OSPREY. You'll be honored and recognized in the master donor list. You'll receive a desktop wallpaper and postcard, 2 DVDs, an Osprey T-shirt, a signed, wildlife print, 4 reserved seats at the premiere, AS WELL AS exclusive listing as an Associate Producer in the end credits of the video. You've earned that recognition. PLUS, your local artists reward is a limited edition woodblock print of Lake Superior by master Kalamazoo printmaker, Mary Brodbeck. (see REWARD images to the left). Thank you!

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