The Wildlife Management Branch conserves wildlife resources for the health and enjoyment of District residents. One objective of the Wildlife Management Branch is to identify, and monitor species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) and their habitat by implementing various wildlife surveys and research that affect wildlife populations and benefits recreational users. Information and data gained through monitoring enables the biologists to make sound scientific management decisions for evaluating development and growth and balancing it with sustainable wildlife populations.
DOEE Wildlife projects involve habitat manipulation, management of wildlife populations, and the creation of opportunities for the public to learn more about wildlife through Citizen Science Initiatives. The Wildlife biologists also create new regulations and implement initiatives to help citizens get involved in supporting conservation initiatives and practices such as planting native plants, creating pollinator gardens, and Beekeeping in the District.
Wildlife Action Plan
The Districts 2015 Wildlife Action Plan includes detailed information on:
- Habitats (.pdf)
Plant and Animal species found in the District including:
- Reptiles & Amphibians
- Threats to SGCN and Critical Habitats
Wildlife Action Plans serve as blueprints for conserving the nation’s fish and wildlife and preventing species from becoming endangered. Each state creates a Wildlife Action Plan that is updated every 10 years.
For additional information on the Districts long term plan for Wildlife and conservation of natural areas, read 2015 District of Columbia Wildlife Action Plan.
The Wildlife Management Branch also assists with nuisance wildlife by training and certifying Wildlife Control Operators and registering Wildlife Control companies operating in the District.
The Wildlife Management Branch biologists also plan and implement environmental education programs for all ages to share information on wildlife found in the District. The Aquatic Resources Education Center provides free field trips for pre-K-12 grade schools, camps, community groups, as well as walk-in tours of the aquarium for visitors of Anacostia Park. The education center houses over 40 species of fish, amphibians and reptiles found in the District. Visit the Aquatic Resources Education Center to learn more and register for a program.