Attics, barns, and church steeples often serve as summer homes for female bats and their young. In the face of white-nose syndrome, which is decimating bat populations throughout the Northeast, monitoring these “maternity colonies” is more important than ever. NH Fish and Game is looking for landowners and volunteers to help keep track of New Hampshire’s bats by conducting “emergence counts” at bat roosts throughout the state.
In a training program co-sponsored by NH Fish & Game, NH Audubon, and the Center for Wildlife in Maine, biologist Cynthia Nichols will deliver a program about the bats of New Hampshire and how you can volunteer to help. The program will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 am - 11:30 am at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford, NH. Anyone can participate, and you'll be taking part in an important citizen science project. You'll learn all about the:
- Many species of bats in New Hampshire
- How bats help our forests and farms
- How you can help bats
You can also enter to win a bat box and bat book! There will be light refreshments and kids activities. Plus, you'll get to meet the Center for Wildlife's Big Brown Bat Education Ambassadors up close! Pre-registration is required, and the event is free.