Texas Nongame and Rare Species Program

Discovering Populations, Documenting Change

The focus of the Nongame and Rare Species Program is Texas' rich diversity of nongame animals, plants, and natural communities. Our biologists collect, evaluate, and synthesize significant amounts of data to better inform conservation decisions and formulate management practices. By taking a proactive approach, we work to prevent the need for future threatened and endangered species listings and to recover listed species.


Texas Conservation Action Plan

The Texas Conservation Action Plan's purpose is to provide a statewide roadmap for research, restoration, management, and recovery projects addressing Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and natural communities.

Federal and State Listed Species

In Texas, animal or plant species of conservation concern may be listed as threatened or endangered under the authority of state law and/or under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Species may be listed as state threatened or endangered and not federally listed.

Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Texas hosts over 1,300 species that are considered to be Species of Greatest Conservation Need. These are species that, due to limited distributions and/or declining populations, face the threat of extirpation or extinction but lack legal protection.

Nongame Grants and Research

The Nongame and Rare Species Program offers funding through the Conservation License Plate and State Wildlife Grant Programs to support implementation of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas Conservation Action Plan.

Staff Publications

Peer-reviewed technical articles authored by staff biologists available for viewing and download.

Native Pollinators on Private Lands

Information on the biology and management of native insect pollinators in Texas.

Frontiers in Texas Biodiversity

A blog of the Nongame and Rare Species and Texas Nature Trackers Programs detailing new information and efforts regarding wildlife diversity conservation in Texas.

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