Wildlife Diversity Program

Staff with the Wildlife Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program conduct projects and programs that benefit nongame species — animals without an open hunting, fishing, or trapping season. More than 700 nongame species call North Carolina home and include songbirds and other birds, reptiles and amphibians, freshwater mussels, fish and crustaceans, and mammals.  


Recovering America's Wildlife Act 

The purpose of the Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife is to secure funding for much needed conservation of our most precious natural resources, our fish and wildlife. The Alliance is actively pursuing secure, annual funding for implementation of state’s Wildlife Action Plans. To learn more about the Alliance’s efforts and what North Carolina is doing visit the NCWRC's Recovering America's Wildlife Act page.


Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission uses Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund donations to support the research, conservation and management of nongame animals and endangered wildlife species.The Wildlife Diversity Program’s largest and most significant source of state funding is the North Carolina Tax Check-off for Nongame and Endangered Wildlife. Just enter an amount on line 30 of your North Carolina income tax form.


Wildlife Conservation Plate

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), offers a license plate for cars, campers and trailers. The newly designed Wildlife Conservation Plate, unveiled in January 2019, costs $30, with $20 from each plate going to the agency’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. The new design replaces the cardinal and dogwood logo, which has been the symbol of the fund since 1983—the year the fund was first established by the North Carolina General Assembly. 

Order online (DMV website)


Another way to donate is to the the N.C. Wildlife Diversity Endowment Fund, a special fund where the accrued interest – not the principal – will be spent on programs that benefit species that are not hunted or fished. Learn more.


Wildlife Diversity Quarterly Reports & Publications

Read more about the projects and programs conducted by Wildlife Diversity Program biologists on our Wildlife Diversity Quarterly Report page.


North Carolina Native Species

The Wildlife Commission manages a diverse range of mammal species, freshwater fish species, reptiles and amphibians, crustaceans, mollusks and birds. Learn more about North Carolina's native wildlife species on our Species page


Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee

The Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee comprises a board of North Carolina citizens that provides advice to the Commission on nongame wildlife conservation issues across the state. Learn more.

Projects & Programs

Lake sturgeon reintroduction in the mountains. Pine snake monitoring in the Sandhills. Gopher frog population augmentation in the Piedmont. Sea turtle nest monitoring along the coast. These are just a few of the projects and programs conducted by Wildlife Diversity Program biologists. Read what they've done and what they're doing next