Calling all Citizen Scientists for Bat Monitoring!

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Bat Monitoring in Sitka

Sitka Sound Science Center is partnering with Alaska Department of Fish and Game to facilitate the collection of data on bat populations around southeast Alaska.

From March through November, we need volunteers from the community to help us monitor bat activity in Sitka. The job is straightforward—drive a predetermined 15-mile route with a detector on the roof of your vehicle to capture echolocation calls of bats. Each session should begin 45 minutes after sunset.

The audio data collected will help researchers determine bat species and bat populations on the island. The research is also important for helping with early identification of White Nose Syndrome and mitigating the damage in the event that the disease is found in the region.

For more information or to sign-up for shifts, please visit Sitka Sound Science Center. Further information on the research being done can be found at: akcitizenscience.net.