Kansas wildlife can be helped when you do your taxes
Jan. 17, 2018 - PRATT – Nearly 99 percent of Kansas’ wildlife are designated as nongame species, or species that are not trapped, fished or hunted. While revenue from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses fund management practices that benefit all wildlife, funding aimed specifically at nongame species is needed. The Kansas Nongame Wildlife Improvement Program, also known as Chickadee Checkoff, provides individuals with the opportunity to support nongame species through tax-deductible donations. Money collected from these donations goes directly to a variety of nongame wildlife research, habitat enhancements/restorations, and educational projects.
Consider making a contribution this tax season by marking the Chickadee Checkoff box on your state income tax form (line 36 on K40 form) and designate the amount you would like to donate. There is no minimum or incremental requirement. Donations can also be made directly to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) by addressing the donation to Chickadee Checkoff c/o KDWPT 512 SE 25th Ave, Pratt, KS 67124.
Private donations are crucial to managing these vital species since Chickadee Checkoff proceeds are matched by federal funds. Contributions have been steadily decreasing in recent years, making it imperative that Kansans mark the Chickadee Checkoff box this year.
For more information, visit www.ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Diversity/Chickadee-Checkoff.
Take an active part in managing and conserving Kansas’ diverse wildlife for future generations. Check the chickadee.