(Area) More Iowans are donating money to the Iowa DNR threw the fish and wildlife fund known as the chickadee checkoff.
Brian Hayes with the DNR Office says the donations are on the rise with more than 8,000 people giving money last year.
"More Iowa taxpayers donated to the Iowa Fish and Wildlife fund known as the chickadee check-off. This is the third year in a row that these donations have increased. Last year Iowans graciously donated over $133,000 to the chickadee check-off."
Hayes says in the past as much as $200,000 has been donated.
"These funds help support our non-game wildlife diversity program. The wildlife diversity program works on non-game species, things like the trumpeter swans, a lot of our song birds, as well as a lot of reptiles and amphibians, so our wildlife diversity program benefits from the chickadee check-off."