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

A pod of orca including a juvenile.
Photo by Dante Aubert
Southern Resident killer whales declared "vulnerable"

WDFW is asking boaters to Be Whale Wise and keep at least 1,000 yards from endangered killer whales this summer.

Landscape with bushes and sky
Photo by WDFW
South central Washington habitat and landscape survey

Adults living in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, and Yakima counties are invited to share what they think and feel about local habitats and landscapes in WDFW's South central Region.

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.

Small rabbit sitting among branches. It's ears are pointing up and it's looking at the camera.
Photo by WDFW
WDFW seeks public comment on pygmy rabbit status review

WDFW is seeking public input on a draft Periodic Status Review for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit that includes a recommendation to keep the species on Washington’s endangered species list. The public comment period is open until August 27.

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