New Hampshire Fish and Game is asking the public to share the date, time, location, and hopefully a photo of their rabbit sightings this spring.
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, with support from the New Hampshire Wildlife Heritage Foundation, created this “citizen science project.”
The goal is to receive data from the public on the density and location of Easter hairy faces, according to a statement on the program.
“Each submission provides valuable information to Granite State’s growing rabbit population database, and is a great example of how citizen science contributions can add up to something really big,” said Haley Andreozzi, Wildlife Outreach Manager for UNH Cooperative Extension and an NH Rabbit Reports Team Member.
Being able to identify the type of rabbit species is not necessary, according to the statement. However, being able to snap a photo of fast-footed companions greatly improves the value of sighting information.
Common rabbit species in New Hampshire include the cottontail rabbit and the New England cottontail rabbit. The New England rabbit is endangered, and NH Fish and Game scientists hope the data from the NH Rabbit report will help conservation efforts.
“Every report helps,” said Heidi Holman, a wildlife biologist who coordinates Fish and Game’s rabbittail restoration efforts in New England.
Anyone wishing to submit a Rabbit Report can do so at nhrabbitreports.org.
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