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

    Support endangered species at tax time 

    2/07/2024 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    By adding a donation to line 33A on your State taxes, you can help Massachusetts endangered animals and plants thrive.

  • News

    Celebrate Bat Week 

    10/03/2023 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    This October, forget about the haunted house—build a bat house instead!

  • News

    Rare but resilient: Listed moth found in Hardwick 

    9/05/2023 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Discovery of the orange sallow moth at Muddy Brook WMA is the most recent example of animals and plants responding favorably to MassWildlife’s habitat restoration work.

  • News

    BioMap Town Reports now available 

    8/28/2023 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    These new reports make it easy for towns and conservation practitioners to access information that’s relevant to them.

  • News

    Asteroid named for retired MassWildlife leader 

    8/03/2023 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    In recognition of his 35 years of dedicated and effective conservation work, an asteroid was named after Dr. Tom French.

  • News

    New grant will help conserve imperiled turtles 

    8/03/2023 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife will use federal grant funds to study and safeguard four types of turtles.

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program information

Image credits:  Piping Plover (Bill Byrne)

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