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.

You can help! Support endangered species conservation.

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

    Fostered peregrine falcon chicks find new home  

    6/30/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife relocated four peregrine falcon chicks from a dangerous nest at a construction site near Boston to a new home in Lowell.

  • News

    Celebrate Endangered Species Day May 20 

    4/29/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    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.

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    Why did the turtle cross the road? 

    4/29/2022 MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

    Whatever the reason, watch out for them!

  • News

    MassWildlife continues volunteer-based bat house monitoring program 

    4/13/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife is continuing work to monitor bat houses installed across the state in 2020. Learn about the 9 different species of bats found in Massachusetts, and what you can do to help support bat conservation.

  • News

    Watch for amphibians on the road 

    3/10/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    This spring, be mindful of amphibians as they emerge from their winter retreats and travel to breeding sites. Use caution while driving on rainy spring nights.

  • News

    Go wild on your taxes this year 

    2/06/2022 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Tax season is here. It's a great time to help keep Massachusetts wild!

Image credits:  Piping Plover (Bill Byrne)
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