Recent News

ESA Helps Write New Chapter for Peter Cottontail

By Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published September 18, 2015, in The Huffington Post

Federal Government Takes New England Cottontail Off List of Species Considered for Protection

The Associated Press, Published 9/11/15 5:08 PM

DOVER, New Hampshire — Public and private conservation efforts have helped the New England cottontail rebound to the point where it can be taken off the list of species under consideration for protection, the federal government said Friday.

CT Efforts to Protect True New England Native

(blog post by Carolyn Miller, Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Pull a rabbit out of a hat. If only it were that simple!

NH Project Bringing Back New England Cottontails

By Shawne K. Wickham
Manchester Union Leader, New Hampshire Sunday News

NEWINGTON - It's just after 8 a.m. and Tyler Mahard is hunting for rabbits.

Mahard, a wildlife technician for the state Fish and Game Department, is using telemetry equipment to search for rare New England cottontails inside a pen at the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

5K Race Benefits New England Cottontails

Article appeared in Outdoor News Daily

CONCORD, N.H. – Participants in Stonyfield Farm’s 5K walk/run and free Earth Day Fair on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Londonderry were helping bring a native rabbit back to New Hampshire’s landscape.

Biologist Interviewed by NPR

Ted Kendziora is a habitat biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s New England Field Office in Concord, New Hampshire. Through the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Ted visits private landowners across the range of the New England cottontail, evaluating habitat and suggesting ways that landowners can make their holdings more hospitable to New England’s native rabbit.

Bouncing Back: Maine Landowners Work to Save Cottontail Rabbits

By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News

Once abundant in farming communities, the New England cottontail rabbit has all but disappeared from Maine in the past few decades. Today, biologists estimate that 250 to 300 cottontails remain in the state, and they’re secluded to small pockets of shrublands south of Portland.

A Bunny’s Tale: Protecting New England Cottontail Habitat on Cape Cod

By Diane Petit, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Massachusetts

Cape Cod’s beautiful seashore, inlets, salt marshes and woodlands are a natural draw for year-round and vacation home owners, and tourists. A boon for the local economy, the associated development is not so good for an elusive little creature: the New England cottontail rabbit. Habitat loss has New England’s only native rabbit as a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

“Bunny Hop” Race Focuses on Rare New England Cottontail

Londonderry, NH (March 11, 2013) – Stonyfield, the world’s leading organic yogurt maker, in collaboration with LOCO Sports, will host the third annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5-Kilometer Race and Fair on Saturday, April 20. The event will take place from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Stonyfield Yogurt Works at 10 Burton Drive in Londonderry. This family-friendly road race and fair is open to the public.

Habitat Projects Moving Forward in New Hampshire

From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department:
For the New England cottontail, mild winter conditions during 2011-2012 were a stroke of luck: The lack of snow made it easier for the bunnies to hide and find food. For the biologists who are surveying cottontails, the same conditions made it maddeningly difficult to find evidence of the rabbits' presence.