Vermont looks for volunteers to count bats
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to count bats this summer.
The department says the little brown bat is endangered in the state and long-term volunteer monitoring is critical to its management and recovery.
It’s holding a training session for volunteers next week in Fair Haven.
The little brown bat population has declined by up to 90 percent in Vermont. Volunteer citizen scientists help by monitoring rare colonies of female bats and their young. State biologist Alyssa Bennett says the state has shown that the small surviving population appears to be holding steady.
The free presentation and training will be held on Friday, June 28, at Bomoseen State Park at 8 p.m. to after dusk. Afterward, volunteers will be given sites to monitor.