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MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP)

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.

Contact Us

Address

MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

Phone

Open M–F, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed noon–12:30 for lunch)

Regulatory Review Inquiries (508) 389-6357

North/Central/Western Massachusetts

Southeastern Massachusetts/Cape & Islands

Fax

(508) 389-7890
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Who we serve

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for protecting the state's wide range of native biological diversity. Information about species and natural communities, regulations, and how to report your observations are available for citizen scientists, educators, landowners, developers, conservation organizations and other government agencies.

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Recent news & announcements

News

2020 marks 30 years of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act 

12/27/2019 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MESA helps protect the most vulnerable animal and plant species of Massachusetts and the habitats upon which they depend.

  • News

    New peregrine falcon mural and nest box unveiled in Worcester 

    11/03/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Art and conservation combine to raise public awareness of rare wildlife and benefit a pair of resident peregrine falcons in Worcester.

  • News

    Help the animals and plants of Massachusetts thrive 

    11/03/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    You can make an impact! Don't wait until Giving Tuesday to let us know you care.

  • News

    Celebrate Bat Week this October 

    10/04/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Bat week starts 10/24 and is designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation and to celebrate the role of bats in nature. Learn about recent efforts by MassWildlife and volunteers to give bats a boost and learn how you can get involved.

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    Eaglet dies from rodenticide poisoning 

    8/11/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    ​​​​​​​Officials from MassWildlife and wildlife veterinarians from Tufts Wildlife Clinic confirmed that in late July, a young bald eagle succumbed to second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning.

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    15th Edition Natural Heritage Atlas released August 1 

    7/27/2021 MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

    Maps contained in the atlas help protect animals and plants listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act

  • News

    Spadefoot success at Southwick WMA 

    7/20/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Six years ago, MassWildlife launched an effort to establish a secure population of the state-threatened eastern spadefoot at Southwick WMA. MassWildlife confirmed this population successfully bred for the first time in July 2021.

Image credits:  Piping Plover (Bill Byrne)
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