The Izaak Walton
League of America is encouraging Hoosiers to participate in two State of
Indiana programs designed to protect rare and endangered species.
The Department of
Natural Resources’ Wildlife Diversity Section is the only state program that
focuses on rare and endangered species and is funded primarily by donations,
in the form of contributions from Hoosiers who elect to donate part of their
income tax refund on their annual returns
In 2015, taxpayers
donated a total of $321,827 to the Wildlife Diversity Section, with the
balance of moneys raised coming from direct donations. All moneys raised are
then matched by federal grants.
The Bald Eagle
reintroduction enabled by the Wildlife Diversity Section has been so
successful--with over 80 counties now hosting nests of breeding eagles--that
the state has ceased conducting its annual eagle surveys, Izaak Walton said.
Meanwhile, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon populations are growing steadily, as
has the River Otter population, with otters now found in almost every
county. More programs are in place for bats, reptiles and amphibians, fish,
mussels, and other species, which will continue as long as funding is
information on the Wildlife Diversity Section, visit