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Apr 11, 2015 12:09 PM

Volunteers sought for restoring endangered NH cottontail rabbit habitat

The Associated Press

DURHAM (AP) - Several organizations are seeking volunteers for three upcoming events in Dover and Durham to restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

Volunteers will plant native shrubs that the rabbits use for shelter. The planting will take place in Durham on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and in Dover on Saturday May 2, and Saturday, May 9, during the same time slots.

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, or thickets, to survive, so planting shrubs is part of the work being done to help the species.


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