New Hampshire seeks volunteers for counting bats

  • Katherine Ineson, a researcher from the University of New Hampshire, counts bats emerging to feed at dusk from the eves of a barn in Charlestown, N.H., Wednesday, June 22, 2017. Ineson is documenting the impacts of white-nose syndrome in populations of Little Brown Bats that have survived since the disease began affecting colonies of bats in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts around 2008. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

By Associated Press
Published: 5/25/2020 2:48:12 PM

New Hampshire wildlife biologists are looking for help keeping track of the state’s bat population this summer.

Fish and Game officials are leading an online training session Thursday including an overview of bats in New Hampshire, how to identify different species and how to participate in the New Hampshire Bat Counts Project.

The project involves citizen volunteers who keep track of bats they spot outside barns or elsewhere on their property.

Officials say monitoring female bats and their young is particularly important in the face of white-nose syndrome, which has caused significant declines in bat populations throughout the Northeast.


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