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Emma Carcagno
UNH Cooperative Extension
(603) 862-2512
emma.carcagno@unh.edu
April 1, 2013

Volunteers Needed to Help Create Habitat for New England Cottontails

New England cottontail

DURHAM, N.H. -- UNH Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for three upcoming events, in Dover and Durham, designed to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

Volunteers will plant native shrubs that the rabbits use for shelter. Choose any or all of the following days/locations:

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013, Dover, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2013, Durham, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 1 p.m. 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 28, 2013, Durham, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“This is a great chance to get outdoors and do good work for the benefit of an endangered species,” says Emma Carcagno, UNH Cooperative Extension wildlife program assistant.

The New England cottontail has been in decline for several decades largely due to habitat loss. It is believed there are less than 100 remaining in New Hampshire. The rabbit was placed on the state’s endangered species list in 2008 and is a candidate for federal listing.

Last year, 70 volunteers planted more than 2,500 native shrubs at similar events. Carcagno says it may take several years to bring back enough habitat for the rabbit to rebound, but events like these are huge step toward that.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact Emma Carcagno at emma.carcagno@unh.edu or (603) 862-2512.

To learn about other projects taking place in New Hampshire to help recover the New England cottontail, go here: http://bit.ly/ADMbkE.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program is coordinating the restoration of the New England cottontail in New Hampshire. Read more about this project at wildnh.com/Wildlife/Wildlife_profiles/new_england_cottontail.html.

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