Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife):
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW)
is responsible for the conservation - including restoration,
protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources
for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
works to balance the needs of people and wildlife today so
wildlife will be available for everyone's enjoyment today
and for future generations.
was founded as a state fisheries commission in 1866 in response
to citizen concerns about the loss of Atlantic salmon to dams
and pollution. The continuing development of the agency from
that time until the present reflects the will of the citizens
of Massachusetts to protect and restore our natural resources.
- including protection, restoration, and management - of Massachusetts'
fauna and flora is the statutory responsibility of MassWildlife.
Specifically, MassWildlife's charge is the stewardship of
all wild amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and freshwater
and diadromous fishes in the state, as well as endangered,
threatened, and special concern species, including native
wild plants and invertebrates. This responsibility is established
and articulated in the Constitution and General Laws of Massachusetts.
the base of scientific knowledge regarding the interdependence
of all environmental factors has grown, coupled with progressive,
pragmatic leadership, MassWildlife's mission has evolved to
include all aspects of the environment. MassWildlife is committed
to an evolving stewardship philosophy and to continued leadership
in conservation and management of the environment.
of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR): Regulations relating
to Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
Reference Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping (968
KB)-- This is an external link to the Guide's publisher. A
handy 5-page color publication containing only the hunting,
fishing and trapping seasons and bag limits, Sportfish Awards
information, Sunrise-Sunset table and contact information
for the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Environmental
Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations in Massachusetts
- This publication contains the hunting seasons and bag limits
for migratory birds (ducks, geese, woodcock and other birds).
These regulations are set annually by the Fisheries and Wildlife
Board in late August.
Wildlife Fact Sheets Library- A PDF library of the Living
with Wildlife series fact sheets and articles about wildlife
that answer the most inquiries by homeowners and community
Heritage and Endangered Species Program- NHESP
is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds
of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially
harvested in the state. The Program's highest priority is
protecting the 176 species of vertebrate and invertebrate
animals and 259 species of native plants that are officially
listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in
List of Mammals
List of Reptiles and Amphibians
of Massachusetts Identification Guide
to identify birds & & Tracking: narrowing the field
American Envirothon Curriculum Guidelines