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Chickadee Checkoff

By Jane Whitmore - | Feb 4, 2021

Like Dave Carpenter’s cartoon says – it’s time to start thinking about filing your taxes.

Each year around tax time we receive information about the Chickadee Checkoff. This always appeals to me because I come from a family of birders. And, the chickadee is one of my favorite birds because this birds sings its name: chick-a-dee-dee-dee.

I have photos of my mother and her siblings, sitting in lawn chairs with binoculars in hand, watching the birds. Actually, they didn’t even need the binoculars (or a bird book) because they could identify the bird by its song long before they actually spotted it in the tree or saw it on the wing. When I say I’m from a family of birders, I’m serious. It’s genetic – we’re all that way.

Last week, driving north on Highway 15 in the area of Union Slough, we saw a flock of eagles in a field. I am guessing there must have been a deer carcas or something to attract them. A little farther along, there were more eagles perched in the tree line. And then we followed a pair of eagles flying right along with us as we drove.

Nature is important to our family and it should be important in your family, too.

So, I pass along to you information about the Chickadee Checkoff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:

Tax Season Brings a Chance

To Support Wildlife in Iowa

Did Ya Know? That you can make a donation to wildlife conservation on your state tax form? We know taxes aren’t a lot of fun, but taking a little extra time with a small donation can make a big difference. When you donate to the Fish/Wildlife Fund (also known as the Chickadee Checkoff) on your Iowa state tax form, you help support thousands of vulnerable species through research, habitat development and education.

Last year, a little over 7,200 Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form, representing about 0.5 percent of total taxpayers in Iowa.

The program uses the funding to help improve wildlife habit, restore native wildlife, provide opportunities for citizens to learn about our natural resources and much more. Recent projects have been investigating the nesting success of Barn Owls and figuring out the status of the endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee in Iowa.

Those 7,200 Iowans donated a little under $150,000 last spring when completing their 2019 tax forms which was a bump up from the previous year. This translates to an average gift of $20.39 per donor. People choose the amount they can donate starting at just $1.

Yep, you can make a big difference.

If every Iowa taxpayer gave $1 that would mean $1.5 million for wildlife!

Look for the Checkoff on the Iowa State Tax Form: Fish/Wildlife Fund, line 57 on Form 1040.