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Report your sightings of rare species and vernal pools using MassWildlife's Heritage Hub
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As warmer temperatures continue, and people spend more time outside, many Bay State residents are also observing more of their furry, feathered, fishy, and web-footed neighbors. Massachusetts boasts a wealth of abundant native species such as the American robin, Eastern chipmunk, pickerel frog, and common garter snake. It is also home to hundreds of much rarer populations, ranging from mammals to reptiles to amphibians and beyond.

If you see any of the 400+ species listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, or if you find a seasonal wetland area that may be a vernal pool, MassWildlife would like to hear about it. Please share your observations using our Heritage Hub. Your reports are critical to the continued success of population trend monitoring and conservation efforts.

MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of our most vulnerable plant and animal species. Rare species and their habitats play critical roles in keeping Commonwealth communities thriving. 

Another way to support rare species conservation and management is to learn which populations live near you. Use the Rare Species Viewer to search by town name or by species name to view records of rare animals and plants that have already been observed and confirmed. Once you can recognize more of these rare species and their habitats, you can contribute more of your observations.

In addition to species reporting and identification, you can show your support with direct financial contributions. All donations to MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program help provide the materials and services needed to give these species a fighting chance.

How to Report

How to Research

How to Donate

  • Online by credit card or electronic check
  • Online through your MassFishHunt account
  • By mail or in person, using a paper check made out to "Comm. of MA—NHESP" and addressed to: MassWildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581


Media Contact for Report rare species

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.