Georgia’s wildlife and natural habitats don’t depend on St. Nick. Conserving these wild creatures and wild places depends mainly on you, the Georgians who value them.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section is charged with conserving endangered and other native animals not legally fished for or hunted, as well as rare plants and natural habitats. This vital work involves hundreds of species of conservation concern and is primarily funded by public contributions, fundraisers and grants.
This holiday season, consider giving to conserve Georgia wildlife. Here are four easy ways:
- Buy or renew an eagle or hummingbird license plate. These tags are the No. 1 fundraiser for the Georgia Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund, created to conserve nongame animals, plants and habitats. DNR plates cost only $25 more than a standard plate and about 80 percent of the fee goes directly to help wildlife. To make the decision easier, DNR introduced a new eagle and U.S. flag tag this year. Upgrade to an eagle or hummer plate for only $25 and show your support!
- Contribute directly to the Wildlife Fund. Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
- Add a “Calls of the Wild: Vocalizations of Georgia’s Frogs” CD to a loved one’s stocking. This CD explores the sounds and life histories of the 32 frog and toad species found in Georgia. Included is booklet with species profiles and photos (www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/frogCD).
- Join TERN, the Nongame Conservation Section’s friends group. The Environmental Resources Network (www.tern.homestead.com) has provided more than $1 million for nongame work.
From gopher tortoises to bald eagles, nongame wildlife and natural habitats enhance Georgians’ quality of life.
More than 2.2 million state residents 16 or older spent time observing, photographing or feeding wildlife in 2011, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey.
Nongame Conservation Section Chief Jon Ambrose said the conservation of nongame species and their habitats enjoyed by wildlife watchers “is made possible by the generosity of Georgia’s citizens.”
To order a frog CD, please send $14.84 to Ga. DNR Wildlife Resources Division, Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA 30055, ATTN: Calls of the Wild CD. The price includes $.80 in sales tax (Georgia residents only) and $2.59 for shipping. Make checks payable to: Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund. Proceeds from sales go to the fund. Call (770) 784-3059 for details.
Frog expert Walter Knapp recorded nearly all of the frog calls. TERN funded the CD and booklet.
4 WAYS TO GIVE TO WILDLIFE
- Buy or renew an eagle or hummingbird plate. Upgrade for only $25 and show your support!
- Purchase a “Calls of the Wild” Georgia frogs CD, www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/frogCD.
- Contribute directly to the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund.
- Join TERN, the DNR Nongame Conservation Section’s friends group, www.tern.homestead.com.
More information on these and other options, including memorial gifts, is available at www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/support.