Native Wildlife

Wildlife status as defined by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation:

Extinct – Species is no longer living or existing.

Extirpated – Species is not extinct, but no longer occurring in a wild state within New York, or no longer exhibiting patterns of use traditional for that species in New York (e.g. historical breeders no longer breeding here).

Endangered – Any native species in imminent danger of extirpation or extinction in New York State.

Threatened – Any native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York State.

Special Concern – Any native species for which a welfare concern or risk of endangerment has been documented in New York State.

Note: High Priority Species do not meet the criteria for the above categories, but declining numbers have called attention to their need for conservation efforts.

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Please visit here to learn about native fish.

Please visit here to learn about native insects.

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