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The Wildlife Diversity Program (WDP) is part of the Division of Fish and Wildlife within the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). There are 10 staff positions in the WDP, all with statewide responsibilities for nongame, threatened and endangered species. The program manager works in Indianapolis at the IDNR’s office in the state government center. Our mammalogist and herpetologist are based in Bloomington, our ornithologist is in Mitchell, and our aquatic biologist is at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife area in Edinburgh.
In 1982 the state legislature established the Nongame Fund to be used exclusively for the protection, conservation, management and identification of nongame and endangered species. The WDP does not receive any state tax appropriations and is funded through voluntary contributions to the Nongame Fund.
Because the Wildlife Diversity Program depends on donations to the Nongame Fund, we can only conserve Indiana’s wildlife with your help. All donors make a difference to our program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These funds are avail-able only as reimbursements for expenditures. Once projects are approved, they are eligible to receive 50 to 75 percent reimbursement. Donations to the Nongame Fund allow the WDP to have the initial money needed to start the reimbursement cycle. In addition, the State Wildlife Grant program enhances donations by reimbursing us 50 - 75 cents for every dollar spent conserving our nongame wildlife!
Important Facts to Know!
Nongame refers to any animal species that is not traditionally pursued through hunting and fishing. In Indiana, nongame species are more than 90% of the state’s mammals, birds, fish, mussels, reptiles and amphibians. Many nongame species are common throughout the state – you can see them in a typical outdoor setting, including your own backyard!
Endangered species are any animal species whose prospects for survival or recruitment within the state are in immediate jeopardy and are in danger of disappearing from the state. This includes all species classified as endangered by the federal government that occur in Indiana.
Wildlife Diversity Programs’s charge: The law, IC 14-22-34, requires “The development of programs designed to ensure the continued ability of nongame species in need of management to self perpetuate successfully."
Management is the entire range of activities that constitutes a modern scientific resource program. This includes research, survey and monitoring, habitat protection, habitat management, education, and population management.