Join us for the 8th Annual Indiana Bat Festival – Bats in the City!!

Bats in the City!Click here for more information and directions!

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8th Annual Indiana Bat Festival Bookmark Contest

As part of our 8th Annual Indiana Bat Festival, we will have an art contest for school kids (K-12). This year, the folks at the Geography Educators Network of Indiana (http://www.iupui.edu/~geni/) have plans to create bookmarks from the prize winning entries, plus there will be prizes for students and teachers of winning entries. The theme of the art contest is “Bats in the City”. Entries are due by 29 August!!

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Take the Bats and Pools Survey!

Whether you own, manage, or regularly use a swimming pool, we are interested in hearing from you. Do you see bats at your pool? If your answer is yes, please take the survey and tell us more about your observations. If you don’t see bats, we still want you to take the survey so we can learn more about pools bats don’t seem to use.

Thanks to The Weather Channel for posting an excellent video (Do Bats Crave Your Pool?) that highlights our results from the first year of the survey and explains why we need more data. This article from Inside Science (Mom, There’s a Bat in the Pool!) gives an in-depth explanation of why bats use pools and why they might get trapped in pools. Our goal is to obtain 1000 responses this summer. With the data from this survey, we will have a better understanding of where bats use pools and how to manage pools to minimize the chances that a bat will drown when they swoop down to take a drink.

Click on the Hoary Bat below to navigate to the survey page!

Thanks for your help!

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Training the next generation of bat researchers

With so many conservation  issues challenging bat populations around the world, it is critical to train the next generation of bat researchers in the skills and abilities needed to study bats effectively. ISU Bat Center graduate student Vanessa Rojas is training undergraduate Alexis Bender to deploy a passive acoustic detector for bat surveys in northeast Tennessee. Alexis is conducting her own independent research project this summer, gathering acoustic data via driving transects to better understand the distribution of bats in this region. She and several other undergraduate students are getting their first exposure to bats on a Bat Center project this season.

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Technician position for bat study in Great Smoky Mtns Nat’l Park

Click on this image for more information about this exciting and challenging position!

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Bats Alive! at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – June 21st

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The National Park Service is hosting a bat conference on June 21st, 2014 at the Paul H. Douglas Center at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This free all day event will have activities for both kids and adults to learn about bats and bat research in the Midwest. Highlights include a live bat encounter, demonstrations, and a night excursion to listen for bats! For more information and the agenda, follow this link: GLRECBatConferenceAgenda05-11-2014.

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Fire Management and Quality of Habitat for Bats

Discussing the relationships between fire management and the quality of habitat for bats:  A workshop for scientists and land managers

Mark your calendars for this event on April 30th and May 1st, 2014, at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky. The primary focus of this workshop will be a synthesis of research funded through the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP #10-1-06-1). Results will be presented in a multi-trophic context that that will be relevant for stewards and scientists alike across the Appalachians and Oak Woodlands Consortia.

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Prescribed fires in mixed-oak forests are hypothesized to have positive effects on foraging and roosting habitat that may outweigh the risks to forest bats from smoke and heat exposures during fires. Published data on fire and bat foraging habitat are few for this ecosystem, however, particularly for the critical periods before and after hibernation. This project has focused on testing hypotheses about the relationships between fire’s effects on insect prey availability and canopy structure and their relationship to bats’ selection of foraging areas during the pre- and post-hibernation periods at Mammoth Cave National Park (MCNP) in Kentucky. Habitat quality pre- and post-hibernation is critical because bats must go into hibernation with sufficient fat reserves and they often leave hibernation in poor condition. Bat condition may become even more important with the arrival of the White-nose Syndrome (WNS), which was detected at MCNP during the winter of 2012-2013.

Studies have been ongoing at MCNP since fall of 2010, resulting in a data set that is comprehensive in its coverage of forest vegetation, insect herbivores, and bats prior to and concurrent with the arrival of WNS a this burned landscape. This study has elucidated relationships between bats and forest vegetation, with data suggesting that varied bat species (including the Indiana bat and other Myotis species) are responsive to forest canopy conditions in ways that are directly relatable to fire management prescriptions. These models of activity patterns across a burned landscape will be discussed in relation to prey consumption patterns and measurements of insect abundance and diversity. Discussion will also encompass the applications of LiDAR-mapping efforts for other management applications, as well as describe multi-year effects of prescribed fire and herbivory on oak seedlings.

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This is a free workshop offered by CAFMS we are limited to 100 people!

 Contact Helen Mohr (helen@cafms.org) for more information. See attached flyer for more details and info on signing up.

For more details:  Fire workshop at Mammoth Cave

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Did you know that some bats eat frogs?

 The fringe-lipped bat (Trachops cirrhosus) ranges from Mexico to regions of South America, often found near water sources. They eat insects but will also have a treat of frogs, lizards and some other small animals. Recent research published in Science shows that fringe-lipped bats use water ripple cues produced by breeding male túngara frogs to attract females. Researchers found that the bats were much more likely to attack frogs that produced the calls along with the ripples. It’s suggested that they are using echolocation to detect these small ripples in the water that lead them to their prey.

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Bat Box Building Workshop

Spring is here and the bats are coming back in search of the perfect maternity roost and summer home. Now’s the time to put up a bat house! We will be assisting in a Bat Box Building Workshop hosted by ISU’s Institute for Community Sustainability on March 29th. Materials will be provided but space is limited so register today!

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Listen up!

Maybe it seems obvious with those big ears, but bats have a very wide hearing range (~2-110 kHz), which is well beyond the typical range of humans, maxing out around 20 kHz. Check out the image to see how that compares to your feline and canine friends.

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