The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network are teaming up to give public the opportunity to learn about bats from researchers and biologists, and maybe see some get captured.
The week long Bat Blitz kicks off Monday July 23rd, with a first day event for the public to listen to experts on bats.
The event will take place from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M, at Angel Park in Sewanee, TN.
The talks will cover bat ecology and their importance to ecosystems and humans. There will be opportunities to see the equipment used for surveys, and possibly watch bats get captured by researchers.
In a release, the TWRA says:
The event itself is important to agencies managing lands of the state as efforts from the blitz produce species occurrences in a portion of the state that has been under surveyed for bats. Knowing what species of bats occur in an area allows for increased management/conservation activities to occur. Also, with the declines of some bat species in the state, the increased effort provided by the event allows agencies to determine not only species occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered, and declining species, but possible densities as well.