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It’s Time to Feel Good about Tax Day Once Again

Mar 21

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3/21/2012 11:14 AM  RssIcon

The dreaded Tax Day is fast approaching — April 17 this year.

But you don’t have to get too down about Tax Day. Dispel depression and alleviate anxiety you may feel about April 17 by donating to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund this year. We promise — you will feel so much better about Tax Day after making a donation on line 28 of your N.C. State Income tax form.

That’s because your donation will be supporting projects and programs that benefit nongame and endangered wildlife in North Carolina, as well as funding educational activities and watchable wildlife projects like the North Carolina Birding Trail.

Even better, every dollar in tax donations given to the fund is matched with federal money and other grants, so your donated dollars actually count twice. For example, if you make a $50 donation, the nongame and endangered wildlife in North Carolina benefit from $100 of support.

Because these projects are not funded through state tax money, tax check-off donations are the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s largest and most significant source of funding to help wildlife, like songbirds, amphibians, mammals and freshwater mussels and fish, not only survive but thrive in a state where wild lands are disappearing rapidly.

In case you’re wondering, nongame wildlife are those species that are not hunted or fished. More than 1,000 nongame species call the Tarheel state home. Many animals, such as box turtles, treefrogs and songbirds, are common and can be found right in your backyard. Others, such as sea turtles, Carolina northern flying squirrels and red-cockaded woodpeckers, are endangered and need conservation before they disappear from our state’s landscape.

And of course, there are our success stories — once-endangered species, like peregrine falcons and bald eagles, that now soar high in our Carolina blue skies, thanks in part to donations made to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund.

If making a donation through the N.C. State Income tax check-off doesn’t work for you this year, you have other options. You can make a contribution to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund by registering your vehicle or trailer with a N.C. Wildlife Conservation license plate or you can donate online quickly and easily.

More information about the Wildlife Diversity Program, including projects and annual reports, is available here.

Whether you’re a hunter, an angler, a backyard birder, or simply a nature lover, you can help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission make life less taxing for nongame wildlife. Make a donation on line 28 today.  Your donation will help keep North Carolina wild for future generations to enjoy, and maybe, just maybe, make you feel better about Tax Day.

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