Mon., June 18, 2012 5:00am (EDT)

Bat Survey Needs Volunteers
By Ellen Reinhardt
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
White-nose syndrome infects bats with a fungus and can be fatal. It started in New York and has moved as far south as Alabama.
White-nose syndrome infects bats with a fungus and can be fatal. It started in New York and has moved as far south as Alabama.
White-nose syndrome infects bats with a fungus and can be fatal. It started in New York and has moved as far south as Alabama. Georgia Department of Natural Resources scientists believe it will hit our state sometime this year. So they want to get a handle on the state’s bat population.

That’s where you come in.

Wildlife biologist Trina Morris says they are looking for volunteers to attach a device called an Anabat to their cars and drive selected routes to record bat calls.

“When you’re actually listening to the Anabat it will lower the frequency of the calls so as you’re driving your route, you’ll be able to hear the echo-location calls that are normally too high of a frequency for our ears to hear,” said Morris.

Morris said they picked streets across the state.There’s no pay involved. Volunteers will be driving up and down the route one night in June and one night in July. Click here, to become a volunteer.