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Nongame Program Seeks Support for Equipment to Track Rare Turtles and Rabbits

Contact:
Michael Marchand: (603) 271-2461
Becky Johnson: (603) 271-3211

December 5, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. -- Want to help endangered wildlife? You have an opportunity to help provide emerging technologies used by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program to track rare turtles and rabbits in the Granite State.

 

“The Nongame Program's 2017 December appeal will help fund staff research and purchase monitoring equipment, including trail cameras and new transmitters, to help make these efforts possible,” said Michael Marchand, who supervises the state’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.

 

Show your support by donating

online at www.nhfishandgame.com/Donations.aspx, or by mail at

www.wildnh.com/nongame/donate.html

Please make your tax-deductible contribution by December 31, 2017.

 

New Hampshire is home to very small populations of the state-endangered New England cottontail – New Hampshire’s only native cottontail – and Nongame Program biologists are working with researchers throughout the Northeast to increase their numbers. Blanding’s turtles have been fitted with transmitters as part of a larger effort with many partners to inventory and monitor this endangered species, and spotted turtles are now included in the study.

 

These monitoring activities are a high priority because determining locations of female nesting areas is critical for managing species, but detecting these areas can be difficult and time consuming. Turtles may travel a kilometer or more to create a nest and lay eggs. New England cottontails are extremely secretive and nest in dense vegetation, and biologists have been unable to determine the survival rate of young rabbits born each year to inform the recovery effort.

 

“With new technology, we will more effectively and efficiently document nesting locations of New England cottontails and turtles of conservation concern,” explained Marchand. “This information will help biologists conserve key habitats and work with landowners to promote habitat that benefits the species. What’s more, the focused attention the Nongame Program gives our at-risk species in turn improves and enhances greater wildlife and habitat diversity in New Hampshire.”

 

The N.H. Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program works to protect over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as thousands of insects and other invertebrates. The program relies in part on private contributions to accomplish its work, and to raise matching funds required for state and federal grants. Learn more at www.wildnh.com/nongame.

 


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