DNR wants your help to track bats

Published: Jun. 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2012 at 9:59 PM EDT
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The state department of natural resources is looking for volunteers to help them track the number of bats in the state.

They want people to put listening devices on their cars and drive around to track bat sounds. 
The device is the Anabat
It will record bats calls so wildlife officials will know more about the population here. 
A disease called white-nose syndrome is infecting many bats across the country and the state wants to monitor it and stop it from coming to Georgia.
The DNR in Albany says they just need more bat data.
"There is not that much baseline data on bat populations in general," said DNR wildlife biologist John Denton. "Even the ones aren't affected by white nose syndrome. Once we know how many there are, we know if we are having problems or not. Whether the population is declining and whether it be white nose syndrome or something else." 

There have not been any recorded cases of white nose syndrome in bats in Georgia yet. Volunteers will drive specific routes for a night in June and July to collect the data.

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