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 enjoy 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. Sales and renewals of these plates are the No. 1 fundraiser for the Georgia Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund, created to conserve nongame animals, plants and habitats. DNR wildlife tags cost only $25 more than a standard plate and most of that fee goes directly to help wildlife. 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 unique CD explores the sounds and life histories of the 32 frog and toad species found in our state. Included is 24-page booklet packed with species profiles, photographs and range maps.
- 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 bog turtles in North Georgia to shorebirds on the coast, 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 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 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. Sales proceeds go to the fund. Call (478) 994-1438 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.
- More information on these and other options, including memorial gifts, is available at www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/support.