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List of Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern species 

In Massachusetts, there are 432* native plant and animal species that are protected under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (M.G.L. c. 131A).

Report rare species & vernal pool observations  

Help us by reporting observations of state-listed species, natural communities, and other species of conservation concern.

MassWildlife Publications 

MassWildlife offers a variety of print publications for those interested in learning more about wildlife, insects, plants, as well as rare or threatened species and habitats. NOTE: Some items are available at a discount if purchased in bulk or if you are an educator. Some items are free if picked up at a MassWildlife office , but have a postage fee if mailed.

MA Endangered Species Act (MESA) Regulatory Review  

In order to protect rare species and their habitats we review projects & activities proposed within rare species habitat for potential impacts.

Species Information and Conservation  

Our highest priority is protecting the native species that are listed as Endangered, Threatened, or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

Vernal Pools 

Vernal pools are unique wildlife habitats best known for the amphibians and invertebrate animals that use them to breed.

Land Protection 

MassWildlife works to protect and manage habitat for the benefit of the state's rare and common animals, fish, and plants.

Natural Communities 

Groups of plants and associated animals classified and described by their dominant biological and physical features.

Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Advisory Committee  

Provides advice on the conservation and protection of listed species.