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Wisconsin's Endangered Resources Fund

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NHC ecologist Carly Lapin holding a state-threatened wood turtle.

How is my gift used?

Your donation to the Endangered Resources Fund helps protect and restore endangered species and their habitats. Donations also help DNR Natural Heritage Conservation staff control invasive species and conduct other activities, such as prescribed burns, to help maintain hundreds of State Natural Areas. Donations to the Endangered Resources Fund are not used for wolf management purposes.

See more about how your gift helps rare species and their habitats

Why is my gift so important?

Endangered species conservation lacks a stable, dedicated source of funding. Donations and state match provide 20% of funding and are critical to get this conservation work done. Your gift of any size makes a big difference!

Double your impact for Wisconsin's rare and endangered species

Your gift is matched dollar for dollar by the state, doubling the difference you make for bats, butterflies, songbirds, loons, frogs, turtles, rare orchids and many more native plants and animals. See how we put your money to work.

Three ways you can help

Every year, tens of thousands of donors make a difference for Wisconsin’s rare species and natural areas. Choose how you want to donate.

 Buy an eagle license plate 

Citizen holding endangered resources license plate.

 Donate on your income tax form

Whooping Crane

 Make an online donation

Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest State Natural Area

Your gift fuels Wisconsin’s next conservation successes

Private donations have helped restore trumpeter swans, osprey and bald eagles; have protected and managed the nation’s largest system of nature preserves, our State Natural Areas; and have prevented hundreds of other wildlife and plant species from vanishing from Wisconsin forever. Your gift will safeguard these natural treasures and fund the next conservation success.