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      Emma Carcagno: 603-862-2512
      Jim Oehler: 603-271-0453
      March 23, 2012

Volunteers Needed for Habitat Restoration Work in Durham, Dover and Lee; Benefits New England Cottontail Project

New England cottontail

CONCORD, N.H. -- If you are interested in helping conserve one of New Hampshire’s endangered species and promote native plants – and are able to spend a Saturday or two doing physical outdoor work, consider volunteering to help out with the New England cottontail project in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this spring.

Volunteers are needed to help plant native shrubs on several properties in seacoast New Hampshire (Durham, Dover and Lee) to restore habitat for the endangered New England cottontail rabbit -- a great volunteer and learning opportunity!

Volunteers should come prepared to work hard, and wear appropriate clothing and boots that will hold up well in mud and dirt; bring work gloves, water, and lunch! Snacks will be provided.

Choose from one (or more) of the following work dates:
     
      Saturday, April 21, 2012: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      Saturday, April 28, 2012: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      Saturday, May 5, 2012:  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

To register as a volunteer, choose a date and email emma.carcagno@unh.edu.  If you have questions, please contact Emma Carcagno at 603-862-2512.

New England cottontail work in New Hampshire is a cooperative effort of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of New Hampshire, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the N.H. Association of Conservation Districts.
 
Once common in our state, the New England cottontail population has dwindled over the last 50 years, so that today this unique native mammal faces possible extinction. Learn more at http://newenglandcottontail.org.

To learn more about this and other volunteer opportunities with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department visit www.wildnh.com/Education/volunteer_news_opportunities.htm.

Click here to learn more about N.H. Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.

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