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.

Shrubsteppe habitat

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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

doe and fawns
Spring babies — do they need your help?

Every year we see people who want to “help” fawns left alone in the forest. But, just because baby animals are alone does not mean they need help. Fight the urge to pick up and rescue bedded fawns — you might save their life.


House finches on a sunflower
Leave feeders down until April 1 to help protect wild birds

Continued reports of sick or dead birds at backyard feeders across the northwest are prompting WDFW to recommend that people either wait until April 1 to put bird feeders back up or take extra steps to clean them.

Conservation starts here

Biodiversity of shrubsteppe ecosystem
As one of Washington's most diverse ecosystems, shrubsteppe provides habitat for species found nowhere else in the state, such as the Greater sage-grouse and burrowing owl.
WDFW staff check at boat at a watercraft check station in 2019
A new tool in the fight against aquatic invasive species
A new watercraft check station opens near Cle Elum to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from boats entering Washington.
gray whale tail
Commission to discuss listing status for gray and humpback whales
The Commission will make a decision at their March 12 meeting.

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