Researchers examine an Evening Bat in Macon in 2015.
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Researchers examine an Evening Bat in Macon in 2015.

The state only has a handful of scientists on the payroll who keep track of Georgia’s 16 different bat species. But there are, of course, untold numbers of bats across the state.

So if you are looking for something to do at night, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources has a job for you.

Georgia DNR is asking people to head to bat roosts in their areas around sunset and count the number of bats they see flying out to hunt.

Hint: They like places like chimneys, church steeples and barns.

Where you are and how many bats you saw are the bare minimum to share, extra points if you can identify the bats by species.

https://youtu.be/d3X7ZwniBoc

The counts run from now until June 15 and then again for the month of July, so researchers can count baby bats.

New this year is an online form that should make the process easier. You can find links to the DNR Bat Roost Monitoring Program here.