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.

Skokomish estuary restoration
Photo by WDFW

Species news & important dates

Five wolves walk along a dirt track.
Photo by Sarah Bassing, University of Washington
Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2023 Annual Report

This document details the results of WDFW's annual gray wolf population survey and summarizes wolf recovery and management activities from the previous year.

Eelgrass exposed on a shoreline at low tide
Photo by Ingrid Taylar
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.

Conservation starts here

Fawn lying on the forest floor, hidden by green vegetation.
Photo by Rheajean Walker
What to do if you encounter young wildlife

Just because wildlife babies are alone does not mean they need help!

western snowy plover nest with three eggs
Photo by Chris Dellith
Heading to the beach? Here’s how to help protect rare snowy plovers

Western snowy plover breeding season runs from mid-April to mid-September. During this time, WDFW asks all beach visitors to respect closure areas and signs indicating snowy plover nesting habitat.

A vibrant pinto abalone photographed up close underwater.
Photo by WDFW
VIDEO: Pinto abalone outplanting

Biologists and staff from WDFW and partners recently conducted annual pinto abalone outplanting and broodstock collection in the Salish Sea - critical actions that support pinto abalone recovery in Washington.

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