New England Cottontail

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

  In Londonderry, bush-whacking through some seriously thick brush, Fish and Game field biologists Brett Ferry and Tyler Mahard are hunting for rabbits, but instead of firearms they’re using traps and radio telemetry.

They will take blood samples and put radio collars on rabbits they capture to ensure that we will continue to have a good idea of the state of the threatened rabbit population, and a few will be sent to a captive breeding program at a zoo in Rhode Island.

New England Cottontail
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says efforts to improve habitat for the endangered New England Cottontail seem to be working. 

Heidi Holman, a wildlife biologist with the department and leader of the cottontail restoration project, said five to 10 of the rabbits can be found through 11 acres of habitat around the Stonyfield Farm site in Londonderry. Only one or two had been documented in the area before work started to make space for young forest to grow at the site. 

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Eversource Energy and the Northern Pass Transmission project have announced a large donation to support conservation projects in New Hampshire. The $3 million donated by Eversource will be given to local conservation projects through grants administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

“That’s a huge donation. It represents our largest New England corporate donation in the history of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,” said David O’Neil, vice president of NFWF.