We work with landowners, private and community organizations, government agencies and others to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay area including Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Our conservation priorities include: endangered, threatened and at-risk wildlife; migratory birds and fish; pollinators; and wetland, coastal, riparian and upland habitats.

About Us

Our Mission

We work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Our office supports activities that conserve wildlife and their habitats in the District of Columbia, Delaware and Maryland.

What We Do

We work with other agencies and organizations to monitor populations of migratory birds, fish and other wildlife; restore and enhance forest, wetland, and streamside habitat; improve coastal resiliency; conserve endangered, threatened and at-risk wildlife; and provide opportunities for citizens to actively participate in conservation connect with nature.

Our Organization

A rocky shoreline of a river. The water is calm. Mist and green branches line the river.
The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works collaboratively with other federal agencies, industries, and other stakeholders to achieve infrastructure development goals in ways that are sustainable and compatible with the conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

Our Species

We work with other Federal, state and local agencies, conservation organizations and private citizens to conserve and protect fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Chesapeake Bay Ecological Services Field Office is responsible for protecting threatened and endangered plants and wildlife as well as other species that face threats to their survival in Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Conservation activities also support shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, local and migratory fish, aquatic invertebrates and pollinators. 

Projects and Research

Our office works with private landowners and other partners to restore or enhance wetland, upland, riparian riparian
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

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 and instream habitats for threatened, endangered and at-risk species. We work to recover populations of plants and animals listed under the Endangered Species Act such as the eastern black rail, red knot, bog turtle, Puritan tiger beetle, dwarf wedgemussel, Indiana bat, northern long-eared bat and small whorled pogonia. We connect communities to nature through broad-based initiatives like Baltimore Rivers to Harbor Urban Refuge Partnership and provide landscape level conservation through the Delmarva Conservation and Restoration Network and Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project. We help to reduce energy impacts to wildlife through recommendations of best management practices. We manage wildlife habitat at beneficial dredge material sites such as Poplar Island and Masonville Cove.

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