22 Ways to Help Washington Wildlife this Earth Day

  1. Keep bears wild. April is usually when hungry black bears emerge from their dens. It is a time of year when natural foods may be scarce, and bears often look to the easiest source of high-protein food, which may include bird feeders, pet food, and garbage. Please help keep bears wild by removing these temptations from your property. Learn more by reading our blog: Tips to coexist with bears this spring.
Bears are attracted to easy sources of food like garbage, pet food, and bird feeders.
For the first few weeks of a fawn’s life, the doe keeps her fawn hidden for safety.
Take some time to familiarize yourself with birds in your own neighborhood with the eBird mobile app.
Water sources attract wildlife like this Townsend’s warbler. Photo by Corey Van Bronckhorst.
  • Personalized plates: For more than 40 years, the sale of personalized license plates has been the primary source of funding for the management of non-game wildlife, including peregrine falcons, pygmy rabbits, and killer whales. $2 from each personalized license plate goes to support the care and rehabilitation of sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife.
  • Wildlife plates: $28 from each wildlife license plate goes to support specific wildlife activities depending on the background, including wildlife watching, conserving native populations of steelhead, recovering Washington’s threatened and endangered species, or game management. Wildlife design options include a steelhead, bald eagle, killer whale, deer, elk, or black bear.
Show everyone how much you love wildlife with a themed license plate for your car.
Keep wild birds safe and keep your kitty inside.
Woodpeckers are one of many species that depend on dead wood.
Pulling weeds by hand is one way to avoid using harmful chemicals on your property.
One third of all human crops depend on pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds. Photo by Karin Kersteter.
Reusable utensils, grocery bags, and sandwich bags are great alternatives to single-use plastics.
Avoid costly repairs or sewage overflows by only flushing the four P’s: Pee, Poop, Puke, and Paper (toilet paper)
The invasive Asian giant hornet was first confirmed in Washington in December 2019.
The Federal Duck Stamp helps acquire and protect wetland habitat that benefits waterfowl and other wildlife.
Make sure to check local restrictions before doing any outdoor burning this spring.
Adding just one native plant can help provide important habitat for wildlife in your backyard.
The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is an important partner in protecting Pacific Northwest wildlife and educating the public on conservation.
Examples of items made from endangered animal parts.
Join our team of volunteers to help with activities that benefit fish, wildlife, and habitat.
Recycle right — That means items should be empty, clean, and dry.
Silver-haired bat — one of 15 bat species found in Washington.
WDFW’s mission is to preserve and protect fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable hunting and fishing opportunities for commercial interests and millions of residents.




The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

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