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. More information is on the Texas Conservation Action Plan page.
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. More information is on the Federal and State Listed Species page.
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. More information is on the Species of Greatest Conservation Need page.
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. More information is on the Nongame Grants and Research page.
Peer-reviewed technical articles authored by staff biologists available for viewing and download on the Staff Publications page.
Wildlife Diversity Webinar Series
This monthly webinar series highlights research and conservation efforts to benefit rare and at-risk species in Texas. See the list of upcoming webinars, sign up for notifications and access archived webinar videos on the Wildlife Diversity Webinar Series page.
Native Pollinators on Private Lands
Information on the biology and management of native insect pollinators in Texas is on the Native Pollinators on Private Lands page.
Nongame and Rare Species Program Contacts
- Jonah Evans
- Program Leader
- Elizabeth Bates
- Conservation Initiatives Specialist
- Ross Winton
- Invertebrate Biologist
- Cliff Shackelford