Some taxes are for the birds and other vulnerable wildlife

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

We know taxes aren't a lot of fun, but taking a little extra time with a small donation can make a big difference. When you donate to the Fish/Wildlife Fund (also known as the Chickadee Checkoff) on your Iowa state tax form, you help support thousands of vulnerable. Every penny of your donation goes directly to the Wildlife Diversity Program - there are no administrative or processing fees.

Yep, you can make a big difference. Here are several examples of wildlife that are being assisted:

• Prairie chickens in southwest Iowa through restoration projects and habitat development

• Monarch butterflies and bees in Iowa through pollinator research

• Restoration of previously lost Iowa Wildlife such as: Peregrine Falcons, Ospreys and Trumpeter Swans

• Endangered and threatened species through surveys and monitoring

• Designation of Bird Conservation Areas in key areas around the state supporting increased habitat for all types of birds.

• Educational Wildlife Appreciation events held all over the state such as: Bald Eagle Watch Days, Pelican Fest, Prairie Chicken Day

At its height, Iowans donated more than $200,000 annually to the fund. The revenue from the Chickadee Check-off has exhibited an overall downward trend since 2001, although it has stabilized in recent years around $130,000.

Look for the Checkoff on the Iowa State Tax Form. Look for the Fish/Wildlife Fund, line 57 on Form 1040. As with all charitable contributions, the amount is deductible from next year’s taxes. If you use a tax preparer, be sure and ask about the Fish/Wildlife Fund! They may overlook it.

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