What is Delaware's Natural Heritage?
Delaware's natural heritage is made up of native wildlife, plants and habitats.
- 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 is the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program?
The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) conducts inventories, monitoring and research to guide the preservation, conservation and management of the state's plant and animal communities.
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
DE Wildlife Action Plan
Plants and Plant Communities
Species Lists / Publications
Give a WILD Gift!
Environmental Review / Information Requests