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 Wildlife Species Conservation & Research Program

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Big Brown Bat, White-tail Deer, Barking Treefrog, Baltimore Checkerspot, Grass Pink, Red Knots, Eastern Wild Turkey
The Wildlife Species Conservation & Research Program (WSCRP) conducts inventories, monitoring and
research to guide the preservation, conservation and management of the state's plant and animal communities.

  • Wildlife - Delaware is home to more than 800 species of wildlife! This figure includes only a few invertebrate animal groups, therefore the actual number of wildlife species in the state probably ranges in the thousands! More than 90 percent of these species are considered "nongame" - that is, they are not hunted or trapped for sport or consumption.
  • Plants - Delaware has more than 1,500 species of native plants and 25 percent are rare! 
  • Habitats - Delaware has more than 100 different terrestrial and wetland habitat types. Delaware's wild diversity is our natural heritage! 


What does it mean when a species is considered Endangered?

Native wildlife species that are in danger of becoming extinct in Delaware may be listed as Endangered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. To help prevent species from becoming endangered, Delaware currently has a Wildlife Action Plan in place for restoring and maintaining important habitats and dwindling populations of the state's wildlife species.


Endangered Species List

Delmarva Fox Squirrel Conservation Plan

DE Wildlife Action Plan

WSCRP Projects

Plants and Plant Communities

Species Lists / Publications

Volunteer Opportunities

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Environmental Review / Information Requests


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