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.

Washington is home to a variety of amphibians (salamanders, frogs, and toads) and reptiles (turtles, lizards, and snakes).

The Toxics Biological Observation System (TBiOS) team monitors and tracks toxic contaminants in Puget Sound and on Washington's Pacific coast.
Enjoy live footage of salmon and steelhead in the greater Puget Sound area.

Species news & important dates

Grizzly bear in forest. Photo USFWS
Statement on NPS and USFWS intent to initiate EIS for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades

WDFW anticipates its role will be to contribute technical assistance and local expertise as these federal entities scope and evaluate restoration alternatives.

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Avian influenza presentation

WDFW veterinarian Katie Haman talks about many facets of avian influenza and the current outbreak in Washington in this recent presentation to a local birding group.

Conservation starts here

Two European green crabs caught from Grays Harbor, Washington in 2022
European green crab updates

Nearly 250,000 of the invasive crabs have been removed from Washington waters so far in 2022

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Proposals due Dec. 6 for $9 million in projects to restore Puget Sound

Find more information on how to apply.

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Adventures with Pacific Northwest Bat Houses

Habitat at Home Coordinator Niki Desautels on setting up the “perfect” bat house

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