Help Conserve Georgia Wildlife
The Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section receives no state appropriations to conserve Georgia's rare, endangered and other nongame wildlife, as well as native plants and natural habitats.
The division's Bobwhite Quail Initiative also depends solely on contributions and grants to reverse declines in Georgia quail populations and habitat -- work that benefits many game and nongame species. You can support these vital conservation efforts through:
Upgrade to a new wildlife plate now for only $25 and show your support! As of July 1, 2014, the cost of buying or renewing a wildlife plate is only $25 more than a standard license plate. And as much as 80 percent of the specialty plate fees go to the Wildlife Resources Division programs that depend on them.
Purchase of a bald eagle plate or ruby-throated hummingbird plate supports Georgia’s Wildlife Conservation Fund, which benefits endangered and nongame wildlife and plants through conservation, education, land acquisition and recreation projects. Renewals of these and the older eagle plates also support this work.
Georgia’s bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey plate – as well as the older quail-and-deer plate – contributes directly to the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, which has created critical habitat for quail nesting, feeding and cover. The program positively affects more than 20,000 acres for quail and songbirds.
With the purchase or renewal of a Trout Unlimited license plate, anglers support Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. These efforts impact trout production, stocking and stream restoration throughout North Georgia.
Buying a wildlife plate costs only $25 more than a standard “peach” plate. (The total cost is $25 for the wildlife plate, plus the standard $20 registration fee and any applicable ad-valorem taxes). Annual renewal costs $25, plus the standard registration required for all plates.
You can buy a wildlife plate at your county tag office, and renew them online or at your local tag office. Many Georgia car dealerships also offer the option to purchase a wildlife tag when you buy a vehicle.
Upgrade or renew your “wild” tag and show your support for wildlife in Georgia!
Learn more about the tags and changes: wildlife license plate FAQ.
Give by filling in an amount of $1 or more on line 26 of Georgia’s long income tax form (Form 500) or line 10 of the short form (Form 500EZ). Contributions go to the Wildlife Conservation Fund.
Every contribution helps. Created in 1989, the Give Wildlife a Chance checkoff has averaged more than $300,000 a year, benefiting conservation of gopher tortoises, cerulean warblers, smooth purple coneflowers and other species. Learn more about the Wildlife Tax Checkoff. State income tax forms are online at https://etax.dor.ga.gov.
Send checks payable to “Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund” to: Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund c/o Nongame Conservation Section, 116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029.
For the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, send checks payable “Georgia DNR – BQI Donation” to: Attn: Georgia DNR – Bobwhite Quail Initiative, 116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029.
The mission of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation is to support the efforts of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
The Environmental Resources Network, or TERN, is a 501c3 nonprofit and the friends group of the Nongame Conservation Section. TERN provides financial support for the section and its projects, from a web-based guide to Georgia’s crayfishes to providing transponder tags to help mark bog turtles. Members receive a newsletter and the opportunity to participate in wildlife field trips and projects. Donations are tax-deductible. Details: (478) 994-1438 or www.tern.homestead.com (also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheEnvironmentalResourcesNetwork).
Held early each year on Sea Island, this prestigious fundraiser for the Wildlife Conservation Fund mixes outdoors adventure with a spectacular auction and banquet. Weekend for Wildlife has raised millions for nongame wildlife conservation in Georgia since the event’s start in 1989. Registration opens in November. Details at www.weekendforwildlife.org.
Call the Nongame Conservation Section office in Social Circle, (770) 761-3035, or the Bobwhite Quail Initiative office in Forsyth, (478) 994-7583, for information on ways to support nongame conservation and BQI with contributions varying from real estate to memorial gifts.
Easements can preserve the conservation value and private ownership of property while offering significant tax benefits. Contact the Georgia Land Conservation Program for details.
Opportunities are available at DNR’s regional education centers and for some wildlife projects (volunteer hours can sometimes be used in matching grants). Check with the education centers, the Nongame Conservation Section (770-918-6400) and BQI (478-994-7583).
Report poaching and wildlife violations. You can receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest—even if you wish to remain anonymous.