Pygmy rabbit program is nearing the end
By Associated Press
EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A program to breed endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits likely will end this year.
Chris Warren oversees the pygmy rabbit recovery effort for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He says efforts in 2010 will shift from saving local genetics to building a population in the wild made up of crossbred and imported rabbits from Idaho.
There are no known Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits left in the wild. The last purebred rabbit in captivity died last year. Genetically speaking, Warren says the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is now extinct.
The last-ditch attempt to save the federally protected rabbits from extinction has cost about $250,000 a year since it began in 2001.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
A Washington State Ferry waits its turn to dock at the Lopez Island Ferry Terminal as the sun rises over Mount Baker in the background.
During my time in Seattle, WA, I've had the opportunity to take all sorts of interesting pictures. There is water everywhere here, and in this shot; it provides a perfect mirror to the road above.
These images were taken Friday and Saturday under with a bright moon. M42 is a 45 minute stack of 122 frames and M15 is a 34 minute stack of 14 frames. A Meade 6-inch refractor
and a Nikon D3100 was used for all the images. Stacking was
done with Deep Sky Stacker (freeware).