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.

Two Canada geese sitting on a snowy bank next to a body of water.

Species news & important dates

A moose near a tree wearing a collar
WDFW starting moose monitoring project in northeast Washington

A project to monitor moose will allow biologists to assess moose survival rates, gather information on how they use the landscape, estimate pregnancy rates, and evaluate them for disease and parasites like ticks.

Brant goose standing in tidelands
Brant geese: a favorite in Western Washington

Brant geese are an interesting sight for wildlife watchers in Western Washington, and they also have a dedicated following among waterfowl hunters. These migratory geese winter in coastal bays, estuaries, and lagoons.

Conservation starts here

Blooming flowers in shrubsteppe habitat
Restoring Washington's shrubsteppe

Spanning over 10 million acres, the shrubsteppe landscape is vital for a variety of wildlife and plant species, and WDFW is working to protect it.

Mussel cage sits in shallow water near a beach
Mussel Watch monitors toxics in Puget Sound

Volunteer effort supports toxics monitoring across Puget Sound

A hawk with a transmitter on its' back
Wild flight of Washington hawk comes to an end

WDFW biologists followed a hawk on a recent amazing migration.

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