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Rare Animals

Zoology Program:

The NY Natural Heritage Program actively surveys rare animal species of all vertebrate groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) and selected rare species from the invertebrate groups of butterflies and moths, beetles, dragonflies and damselflies, mayflies, and freshwater bivalve mollusks. In addition, the program collects data on significant animal concentration areas including bat hibernacula; anadromous fish; waterfowl; raptors; and nesting areas of terns, herons, and gulls.

For the official state listing of Threatened and Endangered species and associated fact sheets for selected species, use the link listed under NYSDEC rare animal information.

Rare Animal List (PDF) (883 KB, 31 pages) lists rare animal species actively inventoried by the NY Natural Heritage Program as of October 2017. This list includes legal protection status and rarity ranks. Also see the official NYS list of threatened, endangered, and special concern wildlife species.

Conservation Guides - These comprehensive fact sheets about individual rare species and natural community types are designed to help land managers, decision-makers, planners, scientists, consultants, students, and the interested public better understand the biodiversity that characterizes New York. Conservation Guides include information on biology, identification, habitat, distribution, conservation, and management. Guides for many of New York's rare species and natural community types have been completed and are updated periodically, and more are continually being added to the Guides website. Follow the link provided in the box at the right of this page entitled NYNHP Conservation Guides.

Environmental Resource Mapper - This interactive mapping application can show you the general areas where rare animals, rare plants, and rare and significant natural communities (such as forests, wetlands, and other habitat types) have been documented by the NY Natural Heritage Program. The Environmental Resource Mapper also displays locations of New York regulated freshwater wetlands and of protected streams, rivers, and lakes. These maps are intended as one source of information for landowners, land managers, citizens, local officials, and project sponsors engaged in land use decision making, conservation, or environmental assessment.

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