Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) wants citizens to know that they can help some of the state’s most vulnerable animals by making voluntary contributions in several ways. 

All proceeds from IF&W’s newest endangered species poster go to the Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund. The poster depicts the 51 native fish and wildlife species endangered or threatened in Maine, with habitat and background information about each species on the back of the poster. Copies of the poster are $4 apiece, or people can also get the poster artwork on a 15-ounce ceramic mug for $6, or a  41⁄2" x 7 ⁄2" heavy-duty magnet for $2.

Purchases of the poster, as well as using the well-known Chickadee Check-off, on Maine income tax Schedule CP, or purchasing a loon conservation license plate also help Maine obtain additional federal matching funds.   

The Chickadee Check-off has over the years helped projects directed at conserving a number of species, including Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Piping Plovers, Great Blue Herons, Canada lynx, several species of bats, the New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtles and several rare freshwater mussels. Funds from the Check-Off have also aided citizen science projects like the Maine Butterfly Survey, Maine’s Bumblebee Atlas, and the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project.