Despite the rabbit's reputation for prolific breeding, the New England cottontail is being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, and is listed as state-endangered in Maine and New Hampshire. This rare rabbit requires dense, shrubby thickets for protection from predators. These habitats, often referred to as early-successional habitats, are becoming increasingly rare in New England. Concern over the decline in New England cottontail populations has sparked a range-wide, multi-state collaboration to help recover the species and preclude federal listing. In this presentation we'll introduce you to the biology and habitat requirements of the New England cottontail. We'll also discuss the challenges we've faced (and some lessons learned) in recruiting interested landowners, funding habitat management on private and public lands, and working collaboratively across local and state boundaries.
Join Emma Carcagno, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension; Ted Kendziora, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, to learn more about this important topic in the next Stewardship Network webcast!
Emma Carcagno - Emma is the Wildlife Program Assistant at University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. She came to University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension in 2007 after completing her master's degree in Wildlife Ecology at UNH studying vernal pool amphibians. In her position, she provides assistance to private landowners interested in managing their land with wildlife in mind. She has been part of the New England cottontail recovery effort in New Hampshire through outreach and recruitment of private and municipal landowners.
Ted Kendziora - Ted is a Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated the Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.