Bat Blitz to be Held in Early October

September 14, 2013
Holly LeGrand of TVA removes a red bat from a mist net (USFWS - Bill Gates)

Biologist Holly LeGrand of the Tennessee Valley Authority removes a red bat from a mist net (USFWS – William R. Gates)

The Alabama Bat Working Group will be conducting it’s Bat Blitz from 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2013 until the morning of Friday, October 11, 2013. The Nature Conservancy’s Headquarters (House) at 1481 Highway 72 in Gurley, Alabama will serve as the location to coordinate bat trapping and the place where the Fall meeting of the group will be held.

The bat blitz is an organized effort to conduct many surveys for bats in a relatively short period of time in a particular area to determine what species are present and their relative abundance. Trapping will be held each night in the Jackson County and east Madison County areas.

All are welcome and the event is free. This is an opportunity to learn how bats are studied in the wild just before the Halloween Season. You may attend any or all of the four nights. Meet at the Headquarters at 2:00 p.m. Monday or 10:00 a.m. any of the other days through Thursday. The Fall meeting will be held on Wednesday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Please complete the contact form below if you wish to attend (your information will remain private). We will provide a signup sheet and other information.


WNS talk at the Huntsville Sierra Club meeting

September 13, 2010

Correction: The date is September 16.

Jennifer Pinkley, a member of the Huntsville Grotto caving club, will give a presentation about bats, caves, and WNS at the next meeting of the North Alabama Sierra Club. The meeting is Thursday, September 16, at 6:30¬† at the Huntsville Public Library. Jennifer will talk about the role bats play in our ecosystem, how WNS is affecting bats in the eastern US, and what you can do to help report suspicious bats this winter. She’ll also share some first hand accounts of helping to monitor the largest gray bat hibernaculum (hibernating cave) in the country. She’ll also show some photos local cave photographers have taken of some of our beautiful area caves. Please join us to learn more about WNS and how you can help!