DURHAM —UNH Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for three upcoming events designed to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit. In Dover and Durham, volunteers will plant native shrubs that the rabbits use for shelter.
Volunteers can choose any or all of the following days/locations: Sat., April 20, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Dover; Sat., April 27, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00-5:00 p.m. in Durham; Sun., April 28, Durham, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00-5:00 p.m. in Durham.
“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, seventy 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 bunny to rebound, but events like these are a huge step toward making that happen.
To sign up, or for more information, contact Emma Carcagno at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.