May 16, 2015 8:13 AM
Nature walk aims to give firsthand look at NH's endangered species
For the past several months, biologists and wildlife experts have traveled across New Hampshire speaking with residents about wildlife that’s threatened by pollution, climate change, and human disturbance.
John Kanter, who works for the N.H. Fish and Game Dept. took gave us a firsthand look on a nature walk to point out various species indigenous to the Granite State.
Kanter’s most concerned, though, about the species that he can’t find anymore.
For example, the little brown bat, which has seen 90 percent of its population destroyed by something called the White Nose Syndrome.
“It gets on the bats and they go outside in the winter, freeze and die,” according to Kanter.
Forty percent of the Blanding’s Turtle has been wiped out in New Hampshire. The state’s butterfly, the Karner Blue Butterfly, is also at risk.
One of the animals they’re working to bring back from its high risk status, is the New England Cottontail Rabbit.
“In the ten years since we’ve identified them in New Hampshire and other New England states, there have been millions [of dollars] spent to prevent extinction,” said Kanter.