The post reads that pygmy rabbits lived in many areas of Central Washington, but habitat loss due to development and wildfire has reduced their population to minimal numbers in two small areas in the Columbia Basin.
Corwin was on hand to film an episode of this vital conservation effort and the episode will air on April 23rd on ABC - check your local listings for air time.
The goal is to raise awareness of the plight of the pygmy rabbits right here in the Columbia Basin.
These tiny rabbits- the smallest in North America at just a maximum of 12 inches long and weighing around 16 ounces- are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Reintroduction efforts were semi-successful until wildfire swept through the areas several times in the past few years, destroying the sagebrush these rabbits depend on to eat and build their homes in.
Each year, crews catch, count, and do health assessments of pygmy rabbits. This year Corwin and his crew joined the effort to both help and document this important conservation work for an Earth Day episode of his show.
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