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News Celebrate Endangered Species Day May 20

Mark the day by making a donation or learning about some of the many species that have benefitted from the protection of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.
4/29/2022
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

Media Contact for Celebrate Endangered Species Day May 20

Media Contact, MassWildlife

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May 20 is Endangered Species Day! Join MassWildlife on this special day to recognize the 432 plants and animals that are considered rare in Massachusetts. These rare species play an important role in keeping the Commonwealth's natural communities thriving. MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) focuses on conserving rare species and their habitats throughout Massachusetts. Check out our rare species success stories

On Endangered Species Day and every day of the year, you can make a difference in rare species conservation!

Report rare species

Help MassWildlife monitor rare plants and animals by telling us when you see them. If you have information on the location of a rare species or a vernal pool and would like to help NHESP keep its database current, submit your observations through the Heritage Hub.

Donate to support rare species

You can  make a big impact by donating directly to NHESP. Please consider making a donation today of $4.32 to honor the 432 animals and plants on the MA Endangered Species Act List. All money donated goes towards conserving the rare animals and plants that call Massachusetts home. Your donation goes toward equipment and services needed to give these species a fighting chance.

There are a few ways you can donate:

  • Online with a credit card or electronic check*
  • Through your MassFishHunt account
  • By check made payable to "Comm. of MA—NHESP" and mailed to: MassWildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

*You will be redirected to our payment portal with nCourt, LLC.

Media Contact for Celebrate Endangered Species Day May 20

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program 

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state, as well as the protection of the natural communities that make up their habitats.
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