Volunteer: Bat Monitoring
 
To volunteer for this project, contact Liz Revette.
 
In 2013, our chapter approved a volunteer project that would begin to identify several sites at Pocahontas State Park where bats are frequently spotted, undertake weekly bat counts, repair and build roosting and maternity boxes, and monitor those boxes for activity and breeding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
Why Bats?
 
Bats are the primary predators of night-flying insects, consuming large numbers of moths, beetles and mosquitoes. Insect-eating bats are crucial to a healthy ecosystem. An individual bat can eat a thousand mosquito-sized insects every hour they are feeding, and they usually feed about 3-6 hours every night. By controlling insect populations, bats are critical to forestry, human health, and they also save the agricultural industry billions of dollars each year by reducing the need for pesticides.
   
 

The map at left illustrates the ranges of endangered species of hibernating bats in the U.S. and the spreading distribution (yellow counties) of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans and white-nose syndrome.  Map data compiled by Cal Butchkoski, Pennsylvania Game Commission.
   
Volunteers meet weekly beginning each spring, usually on Sunday evenings at 8:15.
If you would like to be notified by email about time and meeting locations, contact Liz Revette.