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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peer-reviewed technical articles authored by staff biologists available for viewing and download.
Information on the biology and management of native insect pollinators in Texas.
A blog of the Nongame and Rare Species and Texas Nature Trackers Programs detailing new information and efforts regarding wildlife diversity conservation in Texas.
- Meredith Longoria
- Program Supervisor
- Elizabeth Bates
- Conservation Initiatives Specialist
- Ben Hutchins
- Invertebrate Biologist
- Cliff Shackelford