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.

Goldfinch trio in winter

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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

Siskins on a bird feeder
WDFW receiving reports of sick or dead pine siskins

While not to the scale of last year's salmonellosis outbreak, WDFW needs your help to prevent the spread of salmonellosis in birds.

A large European green crab captured in Washington.
European green crab increase warrants emergency actions

WDFW, tribal co-managers, and partners have identified an exponential increase of invasive European green crabs within the Lummi Nation’s Sea Pond as well as outer coast areas, including Makah Bay, Grays Harbor, and Willapa Bay.

Conservation starts here

Landowners and Conservation: Oregon Spotted Frogs

Watch the video to learn more about how you can help Oregon Spotted Frogs.

female cougar and her kittens
Cougar Science Team reviews the science related to human-cougar interactions

A high-level excerpt of literature-review findings

Hiker looks at arid landscape
Learn about recreation planning

Join us for an online meeting Feb. 10 or Feb. 24 to learn about the draft 10-year recreation strategy for WDFW-managed lands

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