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.

Estuary habitat

Species news & important dates

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WDFW now accepting applications for wildlife diversity grant funding

WDFW is now accepting grant applications for up to $200,000 in funding for projects designed to benefit some of Washington’s most imperiled wildlife. Grant applications are due May 5.

Theler Wetlands restoration project map
WDFW seeks public input on Theler Wetlands restoration project

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group are seeking public input on the planned restoration of seven acres of estuarine habitat in the Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve in Mason County.

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.

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Mussel Watch monitors toxics in Puget Sound

Volunteer effort supports toxics monitoring across Puget Sound

Eelgrass at low tide
Habitat SIL 2024 Funding Opportunities

Two grant opportunities are now available for projects that increase capacity and workforce development to meet Puget Sound habitat recovery goals, as well as new science and analysis for protecting and restoring kelp and eelgrass in Puget Sound.

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