Reporting Locations of Rare Species

Bog turtle

If you know of the location of a rare animal or rare plant in Maryland, we would like to know about it. Our assessment of the health of Maryland's populations of vanishing species and natural communities depends on knowing how many places they still exist and how well they are doing at those locations. Please take a moment to fill out the  Rare Species Reporting Form, mark the location on a copy of an ADC County map, quadrangle map, or similar map, and mail the form and map to the address provided on the form. Alternatively, you can drop a pin at the location in Google Earth and email the location with your scanned Reporting Form to Lynn Davidson at

Your information will be provided to the appropriate biologist or ecologist within the Wildlife and Heritage Service and you may be contacted by them for additional details. Also, your data may be made available to other agency staff for conservation planning and other purposes.​

Reporting Other Rare Species Information

We would appreciate receiving any other type of information regarding rare and endangered species or vanishing natural areas in Maryland, especially:

  • Data documenting that a species should be assigned a different state rank or status.
  • Nominations of species that either should be added to or deleted from the list, with supporting data.
  • Documentation of threats to any rare species populations, including threats to the species' habitat.
  • Information on the biology or ecology of rare species and references to the species in the literature.
  • Any additional information that would support the protection, conservation, or management of rare species, habitats, or natural communities in Maryland.

This is a PDF FileRare Species Reporting Form

For More Information, or if you would like to discuss your sighting, please contact:

Lynn Davidson MD DNR - Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401