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.

COVID-19 announcements

MassWildlife offices and hatcheries are closed to the public until further notice.
Due to the current public health emergency posed by COVID-19, the Governor issued "COVID-19 Order No. 17” on March 26, 2020. This Order suspends state permitting deadlines and extends the validity of existing state permits. This suspension applies to all applications submitted or received after the Governor’s state of emergency declaration on March 10, 2020. This suspension also applies to all applications received before but with deadlines occurring after March 10, 2020. The review time period for these applications shall resume 45 days after the termination of the current state of emergency. Until that time, the Division will continue to review applications as quickly as possible. Permits and other authorizations valid as of March 10, 2020 shall not lapse or otherwise expire until the termination of the current state of emergency.

Contact Us

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Address

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

Phone

Open M-F, 8am-4:30pm

Regulatory Review Inquiries (508) 389-6357

North/Central/Western Massachusetts

Southeastern Massachusetts/Cape & Islands

Fax

(508) 389-7890

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 from MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

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

    Species Spotlight: Eastern whip-poor-will 

    6/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife's Species Spotlight for June is the eastern whip-poor-will! Learn about this bird of fire and folklore, how MassWildlife biologists are working to protect this rare species, and what you can do to help.

  • News

    Bald eagle numbers soar in 2020 

    5/27/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    It’s nesting season for bald eagles! MassWildlife has already documented over 70 active eagle nests and a dramatic uptick in new nests throughout Massachusetts this spring.

  • News

    Why did the turtle cross the road? 

    5/15/2020 MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

    Whatever the reason, watch out for them!

  • News

    Celebrate Endangered Species Day 

    5/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Endangered Species Day will be observed on May 15. Here are five things you might not know about endangered species.

  • News

    Species Spotlight: Ringed boghaunter 

    4/30/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife's Species Spotlight for May is the ringed boghaunter! Learn about this elusive dragonfly, how MassWildlife biologists are working to protect this threatened species, and what you can do to help.

  • News

    Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years 

    4/20/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Earth Day will be observed all around the world on April 22. You can honor this special day by enjoying these activities from home!

Image credits:  Piping Plover (Bill Byrne)
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