More than 400 plants and animals are rare in Massachusetts. These rare species play an important role in keeping the Commonwealth's natural communities thriving. MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program focuses on conserving rare species and their habitats throughout Massachusetts. Check out our rare species success stories. Then, scroll down to see what you can do to help.
Donate for conservation
All money donated to MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program goes towards conserving the rare animals and plants that call Massachusetts home. Your donation goes toward equipment and services needed to give these species a fighting chance.
There are a few ways you can donate:
- Online with a credit card or electronic check*
- Through your MassFishHunt account
- By check made payable to "Comm. of MA—NHESP" and mailed to: MassWildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581
- On your state income tax form. Look for line 33A on your state income tax form to contribute, or simply tell your tax preparer that you want to donate to the Endangered Wildlife Conservation Fund. You can donate even if you are not owed a refund.
*You will be redirected to our payment portal with nCourt, LLC.
Report rare species
You can learn where rare species are found by visiting our Rare Species Viewer. If you have information on the location of a rare species or vernal pool and would like to help NHESP keep its database current, submit your observations through the Heritage Hub.
You can stay up to date with the work of NHESP staff by:
- Following us on Facebook and Instagram.
- Signing up for our MassWildlife Monthly newsletter.