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Welcome to the Eye on Conservation web site.

Did you know that Georgia has one of the richest diversities of plants and animals in the country?

Really, we do.

For example, Georgia has more species of freshwater fish than any other state except Alabama and Tennessee. Some of these species are found nowhere else in the world! That makes Georgia one special place. I bet your parents didn't know that. So, now you know something they don't know.

The majority of the species found in Georgia are called non-game, which means they cannot be legally harvested. This is the opposite of game animals such as deer, which can be legally hunted. By exploring this site, you will discover some non-game animals that have been identified as conservation priorities by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The populations of these animals are in decline for one or more reasons

and are being watched and managed by the Department of Natural Resources. Some of the species have been listed as threatened or endangered. Others are species that have not been listed yet but they are being watched for one or more reasons.The major threats to Georgia's wildlife as well as wildlife all around the world include the following:

Habitat destruction
Global climate change
Unsustainable use
Invasive species

The species that you will encounter on the website are ones we all need to keep an eye on!

Funding provided by:

  • The Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Educational/Watchable Wildlife Projects Program
  • The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.