near Ephrata, WA to help WDFW biologists with pygmy rabbit recovery efforts this week. Arriving at 6:30am on the site, we spent the day rounding-up pygmy rabbit kits born just weeks to a month ago in their naturalized captive facility. Those that had Columbia Basin genes were put back into the captive facility to become breeders for the upcoming seasons. All others (given they were old enough and weighed enough) were released into the captive nursery for relocation into the wild in a week or so.
wind, cooler temperatures, and dust blowing in every direction. The rabbits in their burrows sure didn't seem to notice!