WILDLIFE HABITAT PURCHASED WITH OHIO BALD EAGLE LICENSE PLATE MONEY|
COLUMBUS, OH - Acreage near one of the state's premiere eagle
nesting habitats will be protected thanks to funds generated from the sale
of Ohio's bald eagle license plate. The Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife announced today the purchase of 40
acres of grassland near Pickerel Creek State Wildlife Area in Sandusky
"This important habitat purchase was made possible thanks to the
many Ohioans who chose to buy a bald eagle license plate," said Steven A.
Gray, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. "As a valuable food source
for foraging eagles, this grassland will play a critical role in the ongoing
success of Ohio's bald eagle restoration program."
Twenty-five years ago, Ohio had only four nesting bald eagle pairs
along the southwestern shore of Lake Erie. Last year, a modern-day record
79 eagle pairs in 28 Ohio counties produced a previously unmatched 107
Since 1999, proceeds from the sale of Ohio's bald eagle license
plates have been earmarked for projects benefiting this state endangered
Since then, more than 41,000 plates have sold generating more than
$600,000 for conservation activities.
Individuals can help fund numerous other wildlife diversity projects
across the state with the purchase of Ohio's other conservation license
plate, the cardinal. Wildlife license plates are available through the Ohio
Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 1-888-PLATES3.