|DID YOU KNOW?|
|The New England cottontail has become so rare that it’s a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. It’s different than the non-native eastern cottontails that people brought to New England for hunting years ago, and that you commonly see on roadsides and in gardens. A huge team, including our agency, is out to save it. Learn more.|
Today you’re hearing from Jenna Bourne, lover of the outdoors and coordinator of Stonyfield’s natural resources projects.
“It’s right there, see it?”
“No.” I reply as I move a thorny branch to the side and squint my eyes and closely examine the leaf-littered ground. This was the fifth or sixth time one of the wildlife biologists had pointed out a cluster of small brown pellets right under my nose. I just couldn’t seem to find them until someone literally had their finger right on it.
“Oh, yes. Now I see them.” The round pellets suddenly came into view and I could clearly see that they looked very similar to the rabbit scat I remember from my childhood bunny. So what am I doing tromping around outside looking for rabbit scat? Well, I’m actually looking for rabbits – New England cottontail rabbits to be exact – but this might be as close as I get as they are very rare and quite good at hiding among the leaf-littered December ground. …Read the rest at the Stonyfield blog!