Wildlife is valuable to everyone. Whether you fish or simply enjoy the beauty and importance of the District’s wild animals, wildlife does matter. DOEE’s Fisheries and Wildlife Division is the guardian of the District of Columbia’s wildlife resources. Our goal is to enhance wildlife populations and conserve sensitive species by protecting them and by improving their habitat.The Wildlife Management Branch of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division is divided into sections that specialize in various wildlife-related issues; amphibians and reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates, invasive species and habitats. As a branch of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division (FWD) we coordinate our goals, objectives and activities with other divisions within DOEE.
The main objective of the Wildlife Branch is to identify, monitor and ultimately prevent species of greatest conservation need and their habitat from becoming rare by implementing various wildlife surveys and other research that affects wildlife populations and benefits recreational users. These projects involve habitat manipulation, management of wildlife populations, and the creation of opportunities for people to enjoy wildlife.
Healthy wildlife populations depend on good habitat, so habitat maintenance and improvement receive much of our emphasis. In the District of Columbia, both public and private lands are important for wildlife. Public lands serve as a valued resource to mitigating development by maintaining quality habitat such as wetlands and other unique niches. On private lands, DOEE encourages homeowners to create backyard habitats to attract beneficial wildlife to their homes.
Information and data gained through monitoring provides the basic information needed for making sound scientific management decisions for evaluating development and growth and balancing it with sustainable wildlife populations.
Wildlife and You
Information and Education
People enjoy learning about wildlife. The DOEE Wildlife Management Branch sponsors a variety of education programs for District residents interested in learning more about the wildlife found in the city. The Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC)program staff provide free field trips for schools, summer camps and community groups as well as walk in tours of the aquarium for Anacostia Park visitors. The recently renovated education center houses over 40 species of native fish, amphibians and reptiles found in the District. The AREC is also the official coordinator of the nationally acclaimed Aquatic WILDtm (K-12)and Growing Up WILDtm (ages 3-7) educator workshops for formal and informal educators and home school instructors interested in facilitating these environmental education curricula.
For more information or scheduling a visit to our Aquatic Resources Education Center, please call (202) 202-727-7601.