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.
img_2203eAn eastern red bat being examined.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.


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