At-Risk Species Conservation
Listing a plant or animal as federally protected under the Endangered Species Act is proven to be successful in preventing extinction.
However, providing a plant or animal this level of protection is America’s last line of defense. There are tremendous opportunities for voluntary conservation actions, undertaken before a species requires listing, to preclude the need to list species and improve habitats for listed, at-risk and common species alike.
A plant or animal is considered “at-risk” when:
- It is proposed for listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act,
- It is a candidate species for listing, or
- It has been petitioned by a third party for listing.
Online Tool for Tracking At-Risk Species
We have developed a free, online tool, the At-Risk Species Finder, that allows anyone to discover essential information about a species’ status and the lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office for that species.
When determining whether or not a species requires the protection of the Act, we assign a Field Office as lead for reviewing all the best scientific and commercial information on the species’ status. Field Offices will have the most information on a particular at-risk species, and all offices follow the same process to determine whether or not a species may require federal protection.
Using the Finder, you can search species by:
- Common and scientific name
- State range
- Lead USFWS office or region
- Current status
- And more.
Work With Us
Whether you’re a landowner, state wildlife agency, private corporation, university or average American citizen, there are numerous opportunities to undertake voluntary actions to conserve species at-risk.
To discuss the possibilities and to learn more, please contact:
Mike Harris, At-Risk Species Coordinator