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.

Shrubsteppe habitat

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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.

Species news & important dates

doe and fawns
Spring babies — do they need your help?

Every year we see people who want to “help” fawns left alone in the forest. But, just because baby animals are alone does not mean they need help. Fight the urge to pick up and rescue bedded fawns — you might save their life.


Bear getting into trash can
Spring brings outdoor fun and bear activity

Black bears are emerging from their winter dens hungry after five months of not eating. During this time of increased bear activity, it is important for homeowners and hikers to secure un-natural food sources to reduce bear encounters.



Conservation starts here

Grizzly bear and black bear identification video
Learn to identify the differences between grizzly and black bears.
Invasive mussels removed from boats so far in 2021
Boat check stations have detected 11 invasive mussel-fouled watercraft already in 2021
Preventing boats carrying mussels from reaching Washington's water bodies could prevent an infestation of invasive species.
Illustration for "Don't Let it Loose" campaign
Submit your artwork by May 14 for the Invasive Species Art Contest
We are partnering with the Washington Invasive Species Council to sponsor an art contest to help educate the public on the dangers of releasing pets into the wild.

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