Where Are the Bunnies?
This method of marking animals and then conducting surveys to see how many marked and unmarked animals are observed is frequently used in wildlife studies—it’s referred to as “mark-resight.” Researchers have used this technique to obtain population estimates for all kinds of species, from mountain goats to beluga whales. In our case, this technique works well because rabbits tend to have small home ranges and are relatively easy to spot, once you get the hang of it.
With the relatively small rabbit population observed in 2012, it seems the plants in our gardens had a bit of a reprieve this winter. However, if the rabbits follow the expected pattern, it’s only a matter of time before they'll bounce back! And if you head to Lincoln Park Zoo for Easter weekend, chances are you'll be able to spot a bunny or two hopping through the tulips.