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Work with the Bat Center this Summer

Foraging Telemetry Technician Positions, Indiana

Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is seeking technicians for a bat foraging study in central Indiana at the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. These positions are dynamic and require some mist netting and roost homing telemetry but mostly consists of tracking bats with radio telemetry while they are out foraging at night. Applicants must be visual map thinkers and have good direction and navigation skills. Please see below for further details on pay and housing, etc.

Application deadline has been extended to March 27, 2017.
For more details on job description and how to apply, see job posting document: Indiana HEE Job Posting 2017

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This is a critical time for cave-dwelling bats

In the U.S., cave-dwelling bats are in their most critical time period now til the end of the hibernation period (end of March or early April for the eastern U.S.). Cavers and biologists take extra care this time of year to avoid disturbing bats who are near the end of their energy reserves. We’ve posted some resources for cavers, including a recent publication on decontamination effects on cave gear. Check out our Conservation page for more details!

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Will you be there?

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Spread the Word!

Rob with malayan

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Art Contest

Help us spread the word about our annual Bat Art Contest! The contest is for all ages (categories in three age groups). Those who enter have a chance to win cash $$$ prizes!

Entries are due 16 September 2016, so spread the word and get started on your project.

For more details and to enter visit our page, Bat Festival Art Contest.

 

NicholaGraham 1st place 12 and under

 

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10th Annual Indiana Bat Festival

We hope to see you at our 10th Annual Indiana Bat Festival! This is a free event for the whole family that includes lots of kids activities, presentations with live bats and other wildlife, plus exciting presentations from scientists who study bats from right here in Indiana and all around the world!

Check back for a detailed schedule, but for now – add this to your calendar, spread the word, share on facebook, and get started on your project for our art contest!

Bat Festival Poster Image 2016

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A long-term effort to study an Indiana bat maternity colony

ISU Bat Center Director, Dr. Joy O’Keefe, was the author of a recent blog post on the new Save the Bats blog hosted by the Organization for Bat Conservation. If you are interested in Indiana bats or bats of Indiana, click on the Indiana bat to get to the post!

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Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) photo by Caroline Byrne, M.S.

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Bat Center at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network

CBROC at SBDN 2016 in Alabama

Bat Center at SBDN 2016 L to R: Scott Bergeson, Julia Hoeh, Tim Divoll, Brianne Walters, Vanessa Rojas, Joy O’Keefe, Jordan Holmes

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Bat Jobs for Summer 2016

Spring is always busy with hiring for bat season and this one is no exception. Whether you are a seasoned biologist or a novice, we have some bat postings for you over on our Bat Jobs page. Bookmark this link to keep tabs on the latest bat jobs!

Jess Carlstrom with her first Raf bat

Jess Carlstrom with her first Raf bat in Summer 2015

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We need your support!

As we approach the end of 2015, you may be thinking about ways to contribute to bat conservation. I personally believe that education is critical to environmental awareness and conservation, so the Bat Center spends a significant amount of time conducting programs where we work (we talked to more than 3000 people in 2015). While we rarely ask for donations, your support is actually critical to the longevity of the ISU Bat Center! We depend ENTIRELY on grant funding (for staff salaries, travel, and supplies) and my students and I volunteer our personal time for most of our outreach events. If you’d like to contribute to support the Bat Center’s outreach, including our 10th Annual Indiana Bat Festival in Sept 2016 (free!), please follow the instructions on this page. It will take no more than 5 minutes for you to make a donation. We appreciate every dollar donated and promise to use your funds wisely to pay for supplies for kids’ activities, speaker fees for the Bat Festival, and staff salaries.

Thank you,

Joy O’Keefe
Director, Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation

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