Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Question: Now is the time of year when Minnesota residents contribute to the DNR's Nongame Wildlife Checkoff Fund on their state tax forms. What is this money used for and how does it help wildlife? Answer: Donations made to this fund are used by the DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program for a number of comprehensive statewide efforts to help protect and manage the state's "nongame" wildlife species. Those include more than 800 kinds of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies and selected invertebrates that are not traditionally hunted or harvested. The fund also finances conservation efforts for threatened and endangered species. Specifically, the species that have benefited from these efforts are bald eagles, trumpeter swans, peregrine falcons, eastern bluebirds, Blanding's turtles, bats, timber rattlesnakes, great blue herons and other colonial water birds like egrets and grebes. In addition, funds are used to acquire land and easements to protect habitat, manage prairies, forests and wetlands, create buffer zones along lakeshores, assist private landowners and local governments with habitat management, and support educational programs. Contributions to the Nongame Wildlife Checkoff Fund can be made on your 2008 Minnesota tax form or online any time of the year at: www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/checkoff.html.