N.H. Fish and Game, N.H. Audubon, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UNH Cooperative Extension are 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.
Saturday, April 25, Durham: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, Dover: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, Dover: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.
"This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and do good work for the benefit of an endangered wildlife species here in New Hampshire," says Haley Andreozzi, UNH Cooperative Extension wildlife outreach coordinator.
New England cottontails are a state-endangered species, and are currently being considered for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. The New England cottontail relies on dense shrubland habitat ("thickets") to survive, so planting shrubs is an important part of the work being done to help the species. In looking to plant 25,000 native shrubs this year, it's a task that can only be accomplished with the help of volunteers.
Want to Help?
Sign-up for one or more of the planting sessions here, or for more information, call Andreozzi at (603) 862-5327.