Volunteer Training: Winter Cottontail Surveys
8:45am - 12:00pm
About this Event: Did you know that winter is the best time to survey for cottontail rabbits? They leave telltale signs (pellets) in the snow, making it possible to locate and sample for different species. Wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for Eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire. UNH Cooperative Extension will train volunteers to collect pellets from Eastern cottontail rabbits, a known threat to the state-endangered New England cottontail.
Wildlife biologists will introduce the project, describe rabbit habitat, and explain sampling and data collection techniques.Then, we'll travel to a nearby field site to survey rabbit habitat and see examples of tracks and pellets. Participants will receive supplies and instructions to collect samples on their own following the training. Volunteers should be willing to commit to survey at least one property in southern New Hampshire this winter.
What to Bring: A portion of the training will take place outdoors, so volunteers should come dressed for the weather. We will be visiting shrubby thickets, so clothes that can easily rip or tear are not recommended. Waterproof boots and/or snowshoes are recommended, depending on snow depth.