2020 55¢ Winter Scenes: Cottontail Rabbit
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: October 16, 2020
First Day City: Winter Park, FL
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Double-sided booklet of 20
Quantity Printed: 400,000,000
The northern regions of North America are home to many animal species that hibernate during cold winter months. however, some, like the eastern cottontail rabbit, stay active all year long.
The eastern cottontail rabbit has the highest population of any rabbit species in North America. It lives in meadows or open fields with lots of available food. These rabbits also need shrubby areas to provide cover from predators.
Since eastern cottontail rabbits are herbivores, they eat a wide range of plants during the spring, summer, and fall months. When winter arrives, their diet changes a little. They transition to eating bark, twigs, and buds of shrubs and small trees. most of the eastern cottontail rabbit's foraging occurs after the sun sets, allowing them to avoid predators that rely on daylight to hunt.
During the winter, it's fairly easy to tell if an eastern cottontail rabbit has visited your yard. it leaves an obvious pattern of tracks in the snow consisting of two longer ovals for the hind feet and smaller ovals for the front. in general, the tracks of an adult rabbit are up to 4 inches long and around 1.5 inches wide. it is always fun to go out into the yard after a fresh winter snowfall and see if any rabbits came by for a visit.