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How to Contribute

to Nongame Wildlife Conservation and Management

As a reminder of the importance of maintaining open spaces and wild things, view the short video, Conservation Kids, representing the views of Montana students on conservation.

The maintenance of open spaces and wild things takes funding, dedicated staff, and dedicated volunteers. The nongame wildlife management program happily accepts donations of dollars and time. All contributions are tax-deductible. Your contribution can potentially be matched 3:1 by private and federal grants, so a $25 contribution can fund up to $100 of work on these important species

How Can You Contribute?

  • Contribute to the Nongame Wildlife Checkoff on your Montana Income Tax form.
Tax Checkoff
  • Mail your contribution to:
    • Nongame Wildlife Management Bureau
    • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
    • P.O. BOX 200701
    • Helena, MT 59620-0701
  • Contribute directly to a specific nongame project or to the general program through a directed donation to the Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation
    • Don’t like checking that box on your tax form? Don’t have a stamp to mail a contribution? The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization designed to help preserve our unique outdoor experiences. Check out the Foundation website for the latest nongame project seeking support and be proud to tell your friends you support peregrine falcon monitoring, hoary marmot research or habitat conservation along your favorite stretch of river.
  • Donate your time.
    • The nongame wildlife management program is often looking for volunteers to assist with species monitoring or habitat restoration projects. One hour of volunteer time can be valued at more than $25 and used as non-federal match to federal grant dollars. Email FWP Wildlife Division if you’ve got a skill the nongame program could use. We’re always looking for strong birders, hikers, floaters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Contribute your nongame species observations.

A Birder’s Gift

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received a generous donation from the Jean Smith Estate that will help enhance bird conservation education across the state. Smith was an ornithology professor at Carroll College in Helena and an avid sportswoman who enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting and bird watching. Her donation provided the funding for the development of birding trunks that will be distributed statewide. Each trunk contains a minimum of 20 pairs of Vortex 8.5x32 Raptor binoculars with harnesses that can easily be adjusted to fit children and adults. The trunks also contain copies of “Sibley’s Birds West” and “Flying WILD, An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds.” The trunks will benefit classroom teachers, youth group leaders, resource agency personnel, and outdoor recreational group leaders interested in providing birding experiences for youth and adults.

See this story for a great example of a creative donation.