Photo: Common Loon by David Franzen
Proposed federal legislation would bring $18 million annually to Wisconsin to help save common loons, monarch butterflies, little brown bats, and 400 other wildlife species in trouble. These animals are threatened by habitat loss, climate change, invasive species, and disease--and the threats are accelerating.
Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) would bring essential federal funding to priority conservation projects in our state with no new or increased taxes. Together, we can protect Wisconsin’s wildlife for generations to come.
The House of Representatives recently passed the historic Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) bill by a margin of 231 to 190, and now the bill is off to the Senate! Please contact Senators Baldwin and Johnson and encourage them to help bring this important bill to the floor and vote YES.
Currently there are 42 senators (16 Republicans, 1 Independent, 25 Democrats) co-sponsoring S. 2372, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2022. We are optimistic that it will pass the Senate this summer, but we need your voice! Thank you for helping bring a significant investment to Wisconsin to safeguard our wildlife for generations to come.
Our coalition of 30+ Wisconsin conservation organizations needs your help now to pass this bill. Tell your U.S. Senators and Representatives to vote "Yes" for Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA).
Enter your information in this National Wildlife Federation Action Fund form and your pre-written email will automatically go to your Congress members.
This 4-step toolkit contains everything you'll need to make an eye-catching, informative post about RAWA. Just assemble a caption from our pre-made bank of messages, and post away!
Call or email with your own message using the links below. See which Congressional district you live in here.
Photos: Monarch butterfly by Jay Watson, WDNR. Piping plover by Jim Hudgins, USFWS
Recovering America's Wildlife Act would provide $1.3 billion a year to states and $97 million to tribal nations to help conserve more than 12,000 wildlife species in trouble. State Wildlife Action Plans mandated by Congress are ready to go.
Using voluntary, proactive conservation to protect declining birds, bees, bats, butterflies, turtles, small mammals and more, is cheaper and more effective than trying to restore them when they’re facing extinction.
Wildlife species that hunters and anglers pursue, like pheasants, turkey and deer, will benefit because they share the same habitats RAWA will help protect and enhance.
Wisconsin families will benefit too:
Photo: Wood turtle by Ryan Brady
Last updated May 11, 2022
"Conservation Groups Urge Voters to Help Save 400 Wildlife Species from Vanishing from Wisconsin," WI RAWA Coalition, May 11, 2022
'"Game changing' bill for fish and wildlife agencies in America moves closer to passing," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 10, 2022
"Pass the Recovering America's Wildlife Act," Hunters: Official Magazine of Safari Club International Chapters in Wisconsin and Illinois: May/June 2021
WisPolitics: Wisconsin Coalition for Recovering America's Wildlife Act: Formed to support Recovering America's Wildlife Act
The Nature Conservancy: RAWA Factsheet
Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife website
Wisconsin DNR Recovering America's Wildlife Act Fact Sheet
State-by-state breakdown of dedicated wildlife funding
1st Congressional District Update, Rep. Bryan Steil
2nd Congressional District Update, Rep. Mark Pocan
3rd Congressional District Update, Rep. Ron Kind
4th Congressional District Update, Rep. Gwen Moore
5th Congressional District Update, Rep. Scott Fitzgerald
6th Congressional District Update, Rep. Glenn Grothman
7th Congressional District Update, Rep. Tom Tiffany
Recovering America's Wildlife Act will help more than 400 at-risk species in Wisconsin. Here are some of them:
Over 20% of the world’s nesting golden-winged warblers migrate to Wisconsin. The young forest habitat that they need also benefits other songbirds like the rose-breasted grosbeak and brown thrasher, plus game species like American woodcock, ruffed grouse, and white-tailed deer.
Populations of this iconic beauty have dropped 85% in the eastern U.S. in the last 20 years. Wisconsin is in the heart of monarchs' breeding grounds. Prescribed burns and other management practices to improve barrens, savannas and prairies are making a difference but more is needed.
Wisconsin lists the wood turtle as a threatened species, but reducing car kills and protecting turtle nests from predators are powerful conservation actions that are helping. Wisconsin DNR now places enclosures over turtle nests and installs electric fencing to fend off predators.
Organizations, non-profits, and businesses are invited to join Wisconsin’s RAWA Coalition and show your support of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. Join today and see which organizations you will be partnering with below.
— Ron Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies