During April and May each year, volunteers are needed to help plant native shrubs on public lands that are being managed for New England cottontail. New England cottontails require shrubland habitat to survive, so planting shrubs is an important part of the work being done to help conserve and recover the species.
Winter Pellet Surveys
Each winter, UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Fish & Game hold a Cottontail Survey Volunteer Training. Volunteers receive the training and supplies needed to survey for cottontails and collect pellet samples, and commit to surveying at least one site in Southern New Hampshire following the training. Once volunteers attend a training, they can request supplies and participate in the years that follow. This work helps to determine the distribution of eastern cottontails in New Hampshire, a known threat to the state-endangered New England cottontail.
Each year, hundreds of people volunteer to help support rabbit research and New England cottontail conservation in New Hampshire. Are you interested in more hands-on volunteering to help support rabbit research and New England cottontail conservation in New Hampshire? If so, please fill out the form below and we will contact you when additional volunteer opportunities are available.