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Jan. 29, 2024Des Moines, Iowa |  By: Tanner DeHaven

Iowa DNR hoping for conservation donations during tax season

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DES MOINES, Iowa - As tax season approaches, many Iowans are focused on potential refunds, but there's an opportunity to support wildlife conservation while filing taxes.

Through Form 1040 on line 21, known as the "Chickadee Check-off," Iowans can choose to make a donation to the FishWildlife Fund.

Last year, over 5,800 Iowa taxpayers contributed to wildlife conservation through this program. However, there's been a concerning trend over the last two decades - a 50% decline in donors.

This year, the total donation amount fell to just under 147,000 dollars, marking an 8,000 dollar decrease from the previous year.

Contributions to the Fish and Wildlife Fund support various initiatives, including the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's Wildlife Diversity program, habitat improvement projects, native wildlife restoration, and educational programs about Iowa's natural resources.

If you miss the opportunity to donate through your tax form, you can still contribute online at