The Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section relies heavily on public support 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 -- including the new eagle-and-flag plate -- for $25 and show your support for Georgia wildlife!
The cost of buying or renewing a wildlife plate for your car or truck is only $25 more than a standard license plate. Also, $19 of each purchase and $20 of each renewal goes directly to the Wildlife Resources Division programs that depend on the plates.
Check out these wild tags at your county tag office or online (listed under "Special interest: Apply through county tag office"). Make a bold statement for wildlife conservation by outfitting your vehicle with one of these eye-catching designs.
Funds from tag purchases and renewals are the largest source of contributions to Georgia’s Wildlife Conservation Fund and the Bobwhite Quail Initiative.
Buying a bald eagle or a ruby-throated hummingbird plate supports the Georgia’s Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund. Established by state law, this fund benefits endangered and nongame wildlife and plants through conservation, education, land acquisition and recreation projects. Renewing these and the older eagle plates also supports this work.
The new eagle and U.S. flag design, introduced in August 2016, is a throw-back to the older eagle-and-flag image that was one of Georgia’s most popular specialty plates.
Please note: The soaring eagle design is being retired. As of August 2016, some of these plates are still in stock at some county tag offices. If you want to buy one, check soon with your local tag office. Supplies are limited and no more of this design will be produced. If your county does have those plates in stock, the new design may be temporarily unavailable at that office.
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. This program has positively affected more than 20,000 acres for quail, songbirds and other native animals and plants that depend on this habitat.
Each purchase or renewal of a Trout Unlimited license plate supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. These efforts affect trout production, stocking and stream restoration throughout North Georgia.
Buy a Wildlife Tag – It’s Easy!
At your county tag office
1. Ask for a wildlife plate – an eagle, hummingbird, quail-and-deer or trout designs.
2. Pay the fee. Wildlife plates cost only $25 more than a standard peach plate. The total cost is $25 for the plate, plus the standard $20 registration fee you will pay for any tag and any applicable ad-valorem taxes.
3. Receive a temporary tag from the county (specialty plates are usually not stocked).
4. Watch the mail for your wildlife tag. It can arrive as soon as within a week!
When buying a car:
Many Georgia car dealers offer the option to purchase a tag when you buy a vehicle. Simply ask them to upgrade you to a wildlife tag when you're asked what kind of tag you want!
Renewing Your Wildlife Tag
You can renew at your county tag office, or online in most counties.
Renewing a wildlife tag costs only $25 a year, plus the standard $20 registration fee and applicable ad-valorem taxes. In almost all counties, renewals are timed to coincide with your birthday.
If you have an older wildlife tag, like those below, remember that renewing provides the same significant support for conserving Georgia wildlife!
Upgrade or renew a wild tag
and show your support for Georgia wildlife! Learn more: 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 and e-filing details are available online.
Send checks payable to “Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund” to: Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund c/o Nongame Conservation Section, 2070 U.S. Hwy. 278 SE Social Circle, GA 30025.
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.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information: Wildlife Conservation Fund, (706) 557-3303 or firstname.lastname@example.org; BQI, (770) 918-6404 or email@example.com.
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 (770-761-3035) and BQI (478-994-7583).