Help Save Wisconsin Wildlife Now

Wisconsin Coalition for Recovering America's Wildlife Act

Photo: Common Loon by David Franzen

Support Recovering America's Wildlife Act

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.

Contact Your Congress members Now

 

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.

Create your own social media post:

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

No New Taxes, Big Benefits for Wildlife and People 

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:

  • RAWA will enhance our $7.8 billion outdoor recreation economy and our quality of life. 
  • Every $1 million spent in conservation activities supports 17 to 31 jobs, far more than for road and bridge repairs and oil and gas extraction.  
  • Healthy ecosystems help keep our lakes, rivers and drinking water clean, prevent floods, store carbon and boost our mental health and well-being.  

#RecoverWildlife

Photo: Wood turtle by Ryan Brady

Impact on Wildlife

Recovering America's Wildlife Act will help more than 400 at-risk species in Wisconsin. Here are some of them:

Golden-Winged Warbler

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.

Monarch Butterfly

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.

Wood Turtle

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.

The RAWA Coalition

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.

“This Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the single most impactful wildlife conservation bill in a generation.”

— Ron Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies