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RTPI – Meet Your Neighbours: Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontail rabbits are widespread throughout North and Central America, as well as parts of South America. However, their historic range was significantly smaller and may not have included western New York. Removal of forest and the creation of large meadows, pastures and farm fields created optimal conditions for these bunnies in the colonial era. This adaptable species is now commonly found wherever there are people, including in Jamestown’s parks and backyards.


The ‘Meet Your Neighbours’ global biodiversity project is a worldwide photographic initiative dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps (wherever on the planet this doorstep happens to be) – and enriching their lives in the process. The animals and plants found in our immediate vicinity are vital to people: they represent the first, and for some, the only contact with wild nature we have.