“The monies generated by Connecticut’s Wildlife Conservation License Plate are the only source of funding dedicated to nongame wildlife — animals that are not hunted such as migratory songbirds and shorebirds — in Connecticut,” said said Tom Baptist, executive director and vice president of Audubon Connecticut.
The Wildlife Plate provides critical match for available federal funds that together support DEP’s nongame wildlife programs statewide.
Wildlife is big business in our state. According analyses conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 1.3 million state residents participate in wildlife-associated recreation, generating more than $800 million of expenditures statewide, and supporting almost 10,000 jobs. Yet Connecticut consistently ranks among the lowest states in the union in per capita state investments in wildlife.
We commend Attorney General Blumenthal for his leadership on this critical issue, and look forward to working with the Governor and General Assembly to ensure that funding derived from sales of the Wildlife Conservation License Plate continues to benefit the wild creatures of our state.”