Species & Habitats

Wildlife in Washington face a wide range of threats, from disease and invasive species to declining habitat and climate change. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to conserving and protecting the state's wildlife -- including endangered and other at-risk species -- from these threats. Learn about the work we're doing to protect Washington habitats and what to do if you encounter an orphaned or problematic animal.

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Looking to learn more about a specific fish or wildlife species in Washington? Start here.
Learn about the variety of ecosystems found in Washington that provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
Living in Washington means living with wildlife. Whether you've found a baby bird out of the nest or are dealing with deer damaging your backyard, WDFW is here to help when you cross paths with the state's diverse wildlife.
WDFW is responsible for managing endangered, threatened, and otherwise at-risk species in the state.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is hard at work helping protect and conserve fish and wildlife habitats in the state.
If you work or play in Washington’s many waterways, you may be unknowingly spreading invasive species destructive to our state’s environment and economy.
From elk hoof disease to white-nose syndrome in bats, WDFW tracks and responds to reports of disease affecting wildlife in our state.
The Toxics Biological Observation System (TBiOS) team monitors and tracks toxic contaminants in Puget Sound and on Washington's Pacific coast.

Species news & important dates

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Join us Jan. 22 for Wild Washington Live!

WDFW's beaver specialist will answer student questions live via Zoom on Friday, Jan. 22. 

finches in snow
Help protect wild birds from deadly salmonellosis

Recent reports of sick or dead birds at backyard feeders in King, Kitsap, Skagit, and Thurston counties is prompting WDFW to recommend that people temporarily discontinue feeding wild birds or take extra steps to maintain their bird feeders.

Conservation starts here

Shore Friendly Living: Managing Shoreline Erosion
You can help protect Puget Sound by making informed decisions when considering how to manage your marine waterfront.
Three crew members stand in shallow water with crab traps
Teaming up to fight invasive crabs
We completed the first year of a collaborative effort to remove invasive green crabs from Drayton Harbor.
Grouse in budding tree
Shrubsteppe species spotlight
In winter, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse sometimes build tunnels in the snow for protection and to keep warm.

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