As some of you may know, I have been counting bats every summer for the state of New Jersey for several years -- hitting rock bottom last year with no bats at three roosts I checked.
If you know of any bat roosts near you, read on. Conservationists need your help.
MacKenzie Hall of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey writes:
In 2009, New Jersey Summer Bat
Count data helped us measure the impact of White-nose Syndrome on NJ's
bats. How many bats had died? Would the survivors be able to heal and
to raise young? The answers may be
more complex than we imagined. Read our 2009 report here (
Information from citizen scientists is just as
important this year, whether the bats at your roost site have increased,
decreased, or disappeared altogether.
More information follows.