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.
Report rare species.
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 Vernal Pool and Rare Species (VPRS) Information System.
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:
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
*You will be redirected to our payment portal with nCourt, LLC.
Contribute on your state tax form.
Look for line 33A on your state income tax form to contribute. Or 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.