At Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area in Dover, volunteers will plant native shrubs that rabbits use for shelter.
This Geocaching event will occur: Saturday, April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m
Go to this page to sign up to let them know when you plan to help out.
What to Bring: Volunteers should expect to get their hands dirty. Come prepared to work hard with appropriate clothing, boots that will hold up well in mud and dirt, and plenty of water. Please bring a refillable water bottle and if you sign up for both shifts, bring your lunch.
"This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and spend a few hours working to help conserve an endangered wildlife species," said UNH Cooperative Extension Wildlife Outreach Coordinator Haley Andreozzi.
New England cottontails are a state-endangered species and rely on dense shrub land habitat ("thickets") to survive, so habitat mangement is a large part of the work dedicated to conserving the species. Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area is the site of the largest New England cottontail restoration project on state lands in New Hampshire. In looking to plant more than 10,000 native shrubs this year, it's a task that can only be accomplished with the help of volunteers.
To learn about other projects taking place in New Hampshire to help recover the New England cottontail, visit: newenglandcottontail.org/projects/new-hampshire.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program coordinates the restoration of the New England cottontail in New Hampshire. Read more about this project at www.wildnh.com/nongame/project-ne-cottontail.html.
If you would like to help out but can't make it to the geocache event.. here are other times you can help out..
■ Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
■ Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
NOTE: if anyone wants to set up an event for the May 6th date.. great.. or if you want to be there to start the event at 9.. let me know and i will extend the time for this event. I cant make it till 1.. but willing to co-host with anyone able to get there for 9 am.