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Collaboration Results in Success For a Small Butterfly

Concerned about the survival of the mardon skipper (Polites mardon), a small, non-descript butterfly of northwestern grasslands, biologists from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management formed an interagency workgroup... Read More

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Clear Days for Hood Canal Summer Chum

In the early 1990s, the disappearance of a beautiful fish from the rivers of Washington's Hood Canal and Straits of Juan de Fuca got the attention of natural resource managers... Read More

Featured Species in Washington

Canada lynx. Photo credit: Michael Zahra

Canada lynx

While their name suggests otherwise, the historic range of Canada lynx extended across the border into northern parts of the contiguous United States from Washington to Maine and down into the Rocky Mountains. A variety of factors contributed to lynx reduced range, notably land use changes with human expansion and a warming climate as possible contributing factors.  More »


Canada lynx.

Photo credit: Michael Zahra

Grizzly bear. Credit: USGS

Grizzly bear

Historically, there were around 50,000 grizzly bears in North America. Today, there are 1,000 to 1,200 grizzly bears remaining in five separate populations in the lower 48 states.

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Grizzly bear.

Photo credit: USGS

Partnership Stories in Washington

Critical Habitat for Bull Trout: Road to Recovery, Photo credit: Joel Sartore, National Geographic Stock with Wade Fredenberg

Critical Habitat for Bull Trout: Road to Recovery

Bull trout love cold, clean, complex, and connected streams and other aquatic habitat. Learn about bull trout conservation and habitat needs, and see amazing underwater footage. More »

Unique to Washington

  • Woodland caribou. Photo credit: Erwin and Peggy Bauer, USFWS

    Woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), large members of the deer family, are found in the Selkirk Moutnain Range of Northeastern Washington. They are ranked among the most critically endangered animals in the U.S. Illegal killing, habitat alteration, timber practices and other land activities that affect their habitat quality are the biggest causes for its decline.

    Photo credit: Erwin and Peggy Bauer, USFWS

  • Wenatchee Mountains checkermallow. Photo credit: Ben Legler

    The Wenatchee Mountains checkermallow (Sidalcea oregana var. calva) is called the rarest plant in Washington. A perennial herb found only in mid-elevation wetlands and moist meadows in the Wenatchee Mountains of Chelan County, this plant is endangered from habitat loss, altered hydrology, wildland fire suppression activities, and invasive plants.

    Photo credit: Ben Legler

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Last updated: June 4, 2020