FERRISBURGH, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont continues to monitor the endangered little brown bat, the Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to count bats in the Champlain Valley and several other sites around the state this summer.

Training sessions will be held June 21 at Bomoseen State Park in Castleton and June 27 at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh starting at 7:30 p.m. Volunteers will learn about the rare mammals and be matched with sites for monitoring that will take place between July 11 and July 30.

Alyssa Bennett, the department's bat expert, says the little brown bat population has declined in Vermont by up to 90 percent due to the fungal disease White-nose syndrome.

The talks and trainings are free and open to the public.