The peregrine falcon is one of the species helped by the Nongame Conservation Section. (Photo: Pixabay)

As part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, the Nongame Conservation Section works to conserve the more than 95 percent of native species in Georgia not hunted or fished for, as well as rare plants and natural habitats.

The agency has recently released a review of its work in the past fiscal year, which features:

  • A comprehensive 66-page report
  • A summary brochure of highlights
  • A multimedia presentation with video and interactive maps showing the migration of saltmarsh sparrows, the results of gopher tortoise surveys and more

The annual report documents what the agency did in fiscal year 2017 and how Georgians can support this mission.

Read the report and view an interactive story map here.

The work of the Nongame Conservation Section includes:

  • Conducting research and surveys on a wide variety of nongame wildlife
  • Identifying critical habitats
  • Implementing species and habitat restoration programs
  • Encouraging the appreciation and enjoyment of observing wildlife
  • Cataloging and distributing information on occurrences of rare plants, animals and natural communities
  • Participating in cooperative habitat management with private and corporate landowners
  • Leading conservation education efforts

The agency’s work is guided by Georgia’s state wildlife action plan, which is a statewide strategy to conserve wildlife species and natural habitats before these animals, plants and places become rarer and more costly to conserve or restore.

Projects the Nongame Conservation Section has been involved with in North Georgia include:

  • Assessing the status of four fishes: frecklebelly madtoms, and bridled, holiday and trispot darters
  • Conducting surveys of white-nose syndrome in bat populations
  • Helping restore and monitor mountain bogs

The agency plans to continue work on these projects and begin more in 2018, but could use your help. One way you can help is by purchasing an eagle or hummingbird license plate, of which up to 80 percent of the price goes to nongame.

Click here to learn of more ways you can help.