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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- Vermont Fish And Wildlife Department bat information page.
- Report a bat colony in Vermont.
- Report sick or dying bats.
- Vermont Fish And Wildlife Department Bat Colony Monitoring Program.
- Guide To Identifying Vermont’s Bats.
- Vermont Fish And Wildlife Department Species Account For Little Brown Bat.
- Learn more about White Nose Syndrome.
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