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.

Washington is home to a variety of amphibians (salamanders, frogs, and toads) and reptiles (turtles, lizards, and snakes).

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

Northern leopard frog
WDFW seeks applicants for Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council

The Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council advises the Department on management of a wide range of non-game animals and their habitats such as songbirds, frogs, turtles, wolverines, butterflies, and killer whales.

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Bee a friend to pollinators!

Pollinators need us, and we need pollinators! Check out these three family-friendly activities to celebrate pollinators this summer.

Conservation starts here

Ilwaco black bears release

We are asking people to help us keep bears safe by not feeding wildlife.

Two european green crabs removed by WDFW
Emergency measures deployed to control European green crabs

WDFW, tribes, shellfish growers and others have removed more than 64,000 invasive crabs so far in 2022.

Orca off Orcas Island on a sunny day
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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