Bat Acoustic Survey Monitoring
Bats are not blind (myth); in fact, they can see almost as well as humans (truth). To fly around and hunt for insects in the dark, bats use a remarkable high frequency system called echolocation.
The Division of Wildlife extends a "Thank you!" for contribution toward this bat monitoring effort: "Without your assistance, this project and the coverage we get across the state (Ohio) annually would not be possible. As you likely already know, the data from this project allows us to monitor population changes for bats through long-term assessments. With potential threats to bat populations increasing (e.g., White-nose Syndrome, habitat destruction) in Ohio, it is imperative that we continue to monitor and assess our Ohio bat populations." - Sincerely, Bridget Gladden, ODNR
Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome (WNS)
The greatest harm to bats is not knowing anything about them.
Learn the difference between what are Bat "Myths" and Bat "Truths" .
Myth: Bats aren’t necessary.
Truth: Without bats, humans would be in trouble. Bats help control insect populations, reseed deforested land, and pollinate plants, including many that we eat. Researchers and scientists also learn from bats to improve medicine and technology.
See why our bats are truly amazing and beneficial mammals:
Sarah Blair coordinated our 2016 Warren County route departing from the Caesar Creek Nature Center. Mike Schumacher formerly coordinated this route.
Thank you for your awesome work and collaboration!
The Division of Wildlife uses information from Bat Acoustic Survey Monitoring to help track our bat species, population rates and document the progression of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Sadly, signs of WNS has officially shown up far west in the state of Washington as of 2016.
Find out up-to-date information about White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), the deadly disease that affects North American bats by cilcking on the black box below. Extensive groups of state, federal, tribal, university, and non-governmental partners are helping minimize the impacts of White-Nose Syndrome. They also need our help! #Save the Bats
Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Contact Information:
In the winter of 2006-07, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation found approximately 10,000 bats of the genus Myotis (little brown bats, M. lucifugus, and Indiana bats, M. sodalis) dead and dying in four caves in New York. Since 2006, White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has killed millions of bats in eastern North America, including several Myotis species, Perimyotis subflavus (Tri-colored bat), and Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat).
In March 2011, the first Ohio case of WNS was confirmed in an abandoned mine in Lawrence County, Ohio. Several counties in Ohio have been confirmed as WNS positive, including Lawrence County in 2011, 5 counties were added in 2012 (Geauga, Summit, Cuyahoga, Portage, and Preble), and 10 counties added in 2013 (Medina, Jefferson, Union, Wayne, Ashland, Athens, Clinton, Madison, Warren, and Sandusky).
Updates on WNS in the State of Washington:
Bats Truly Need Our Help:
Devouring 1,000 Mosquitoes nightly; Bats are now welcome guests as "Zika Fears Rise": www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/nyregion/devouring-1000-mosquitoes-an-hour-bats-are-now-welcome-guests-as-zika-fears-rise.html?_r=0
Why should you put up a bat house?
Bat houses benefit bats, you, your family, communities, farmers, gardeners
and the ecosystem as a whole.
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Over 1,000 Species Worldwide
—45 species native to U. S.
—11 species in Ohio (2016)
—The only true flying mammal
—Primarily nocturnal, but most times can be seen flying about in the early evening (crepuscular)
The Save Lucy Campaign was created to raise awareness of White-Nose Syndrome
and its devastating impact on North American Bats.
Creatures of the Night
The Order name ‘Chiroptera’ means “hand-wing”
—Order Chiroptera =“hand wing”
—Megachiroptera =“large “bats: Found in tropics - —large fruit bats/flying foxes
—Microchiroptera =“small” bats: all bats in U.S.
—Varied diets and ID characteristics