Outdoor Radio: Bat Counts


Alyssa Bennett from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shows Sara the difference between Little Brown Bats and Big Brown Bats.

A bat will eat about half its weight in insects on a summer night, and it can live more than 30 years. That’s a lot of insects! But unfortunately, a disease called white-nose syndrome has taken a huge toll on Vermont’s Little Brown Bat population.

Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra join Alyssa Bennett from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, as well as two volunteer bat counters at Bomoseen State Park to count bats as they leave the maternity colony to forage for insects at dusk. They talk about white-nose syndrome, the different species of bats found in Vermont and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

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Little Brown Bats begin to emerge from the attic to forage for the night.

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Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio.

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