Friday, February 17, 2006
Last year, about 2,000 Montanans took part in wildlife projects studying the habits of pygmy rabbits, helping conserve cavity-nesting birds, and doing research on bird species dependent upon wetland and riparian habitats.
Were they members of a select group? How did they single out these projects? How did they make such a meaningful contribution? The answers are no, they didn't, and easy—by checking the box on their income tax form marked with the eagle symbol.
Last year about 2,000 Montanans' tax-deductible contributions provided more than $25,000 to help support wildlife viewing opportunities in the state.
Montana’s nongame wildlife species are highly "watchable," on the land, in the air and the water. In addition to cavity-nesting birds and pygmy rabbits they include: hawks, owls, loons, frogs, chipmunks, and birds such as chickadees, nuthatches, and finches—among many other species.
By checking the box next to the eagle on your 2005 income tax form, you are making a tax-deductible contribution that will be used to enhance wildlife viewing opportunities and benefit some of Montana’s lesser-known wildlife species.So, as you or your tax accountant prepare your 2005 Montana tax return, please take the time to locate the eagle and make the check-off that counts for Montana’s nongame wildlife. More information about FWP’s Nongame Wildlife can be found on FWP’s Nongame Wildlife Checkoff web page.