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.
Enjoy live footage of salmon and steelhead in the greater Puget Sound area.

Species news & important dates

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Bears are emerging from dens: tips to reduce and prevent conflicts

Black bears have begun to emerge from their winter dens hungry and are in search of calories after five months of not eating.

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To the Tides: Restoration at Leque Island

The Leque Island Restoration Project restored 250 acres of tidal marsh habitat. This restoration provides important estuary habitat for young Chinook salmon, shorebirds, waterfowl, and a variety of other fish and wildlife.

Conservation starts here

Snowy plover conservation in Washington

Only about 100 Western snowy plovers can be found in Washington, and only in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

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Preserving natural spaces for people and wildlife

Learn what's next for the Department's new 10-Year Recreation Strategy for WDFW-managed Lands.

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Help protect endangered orcas: Be Whale Wise this boating season

By following Be Whale Wise regulations, you can help make a difference for Southern Resident killer whales.

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