Curtis Mrogan, Miami Herald Designation as a “candidate species’’ won’t add any immediate new protections for the gopher tortoise, which has declined under the effects of suburban sprawl. There are a host of reasons the gopher tortoise is disappearing from Florida and other Southeastern states – from roads and homes paving over the sandy…Read More
Written by Jim Waymer FLORIDA TODAY July, 26th 2011 The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced today it will add the gopher tortoise to a list of candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The agency concluded there’s enough evidence to justify a federal “threatened” listing of the tortoise in the eastern…Read More
It’s no secret that bat populations in the East are suffering from White Nose Syndrome (WNS). Wild South has been working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NC WRC) to help monitor bat populations in the state.
NC WRC does three different types of bat surveys. One is remote identification of bats using an ANABAT, a device which allows researchers to identify species by the frequency at which they echolocate. The ANABAT can be set up in a stationary spot or used from a moving car. Another survey method is entering caves to observe hibernating bats. This is often done in early spring. The final type of survey, and the focus of this article, involves catching bats in thin mist nets.