CONTACT:
John Kanter: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
May 8, 2009

              
Support New Hampshire's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife

CONCORD, N.H. -- If you care about threatened wildlife and habitat in New Hampshire, make a difference this spring by contributing to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program's 2009 annual fund campaign. Donations made by June 30, 2009, will help the program qualify for a critical funding grant of $50,000 from the state, as well as helping to meet the required state share of a Federal matching grant. 

"It's much easier and cheaper to keep common species common than to try to restore species that are in trouble," said John Kanter, coordinator of the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife program. "We're identifying and protecting habitat for the endangered Blanding's turtle and New England cottontail; we're creating maps to help communities conserve high-priority habitat; and we're partnering with surrounding states to try to prevent the devastating spread of White Nose Syndrome in bats."

Nongame Program efforts to coordinate new research, monitor species at risk and manage critical habitats have all led to many successes over the past two decades, including the return of bald eagles, ospreys, terns and Karner blue butterflies to New Hampshire.

To contribute to the 2009 Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program annual fund, send donations by June 30 to: Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, N.H. Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. A print-and-mail donation form is available at www.wildnh.com/Wildlife/nongame_and_endangered_wildlife.htm

Donors who give $35 or more will receive the new "Hawks of N.H." and "Salamanders of N.H." field identification cards, available only to Nongame Program contributors.

As the steward for the state's nongame wildlife (species that are not hunted, fished or trapped), the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, part of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, works to protect more than 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and rare butterflies and other invertebrates. Visit www.wildnh.com/Wildlife/nongame_and_endangered_wildlife.htm.

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