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.

Staff Publications

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.


Contact Us

Vacant
Program Supervisor
Elizabeth Bates
Conservation Initiatives Specialist
elizabeth.bates@tpwd.texas.gov
Ross Winton
Invertebrate Biologist
ross.winton@tpwd.texas.gov
Cliff Shackelford
Ornithologist
clifford.shackelford@tpwd.texas.gov
   
Jason Singhurst
Plant Community Ecologist
jason.singhurst@tpwd.texas.gov
Anna Strong
Botanist
anna.strong@tpwd.texas.gov
Jonah Evans
Mammalogist
jonah.evans@tpwd.texas.gov
Paul Crump
Herpetologist
paul.crump@tpwd.texas.gov