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Habitat monitoring

We collect data on the health of environmental systems that support plant and animal life. Our research helps us to restore and measure the health of important habitats across the state that are crucial for the survival of Washington's diverse plant and animal populations.

We study freshwater and saltwater habitats to protect the smallest aquatic creatures, important salmon species, and wildlife on land.

We provide access to that data through reports, databases, maps, and user-friendly online tools.

Saltwater habitats

Benthic taxonomists study the creatures that live at the bottom of Puget Sound. See their Scientific descriptions of species to learn more about these communities.

closeup view of small fish in clear acrylic measuring box with the reflection of a stream scientist wearing a tan fishing hat on the box

Scientists study fish habitat

Freshwater habitats