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Securing a Brighter Future for Washington's Wildlife

One of the best ways to restore Washington's biodiversity is funding WDFW

Washington State is home to a diverse range of wildlife, from shorebirds and songbirds to bull trout and pronghorn antelope. However, these species and their habitats are under threat from a rapidly changing climate, habitat loss, and other environmental pressures. That's why we’re calling on every conservation-minded Washingtonian to support the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) biodiversity recovery efforts and ensure that these species are here for future generations. 

Support WDFW’s Biodiversity Initiatives 

WDFW's request for funding will support the implementation of conservation actions outlined in the State Wildlife Action Plan and the 2007 Washington Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. These actions will help improve and connect habitats, recover at-risk species, and provide ongoing recreational and educational opportunities for people. 

Cedar Waxwing. Photo: David Solas

One of the key ways that WDFW will advance these efforts is by filling science gaps and researching critical questions related to species of greatest conservation need (SGCN). This research will inform management decisions and help ensure that at-risk species are given the best chance of survival. 

WDFW will also protect and restore habitats by working with local communities and conservation partners to implement habitat restoration projects. The agency will share data on land use and the effects of habitat restoration to increase our understanding of how we can best protect these habitats in the future. 

Outreach and communication will also play a crucial role in WDFW's efforts to restore Washington's biodiversity. By increasing outreach and communications, the agency hopes to support people in coexisting with wildlife and promoting conservation. Additionally, WDFW will expand conservation education opportunities, both formal and informal, to engage people in the importance of wildlife conservation. 

The future of Washington's wildlife is in our hands, and WDFW's request for funding is a crucial step in securing a brighter future for these species. Whether you're a birder, a conservationist, or simply someone who loves wildlife, your support can make a difference. Let's work together to ensure that species like the Great Gray Owl and Sagebrush Sparrow are here for future generations to enjoy. 

Email your legislator and ask them to support WDFW’s $47M biodiversity budget request  

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