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Our state agencies are hard at work protecting green spaces and the bats that live there!On May 21, DCR’s Shenandoah Valley Region stewardship staff, Natural Heritage Zoologist Chris Hobson and graduate student Nick Kalan from Virginia Tech, deployed four ultrasonic acoustic bat detectors at Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve in Augusta County. These devices are used to establish the presence or absence of listed Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) and Northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis), as well as other more common bat species. Detectors were deployed for a two-week sample period (May 21 - June 6), and the data have now been sent to VT for analysis. Both Indiana and Northern long-eared bats are listed under the Endangered Species Act, and establishing their presence/absence is critical for conducting appropriately-timed management actions as part of DCR’s work to restore historic open woodlands using DuPont Settlement funding. Acoustic bat surveys with the same objectives are also planned for Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve in mid-June of 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
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Go outside!! Right now! You might see this! ... See MoreSee Less
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More great places in virginias big bat tent! Look at these cuties! Thanks Rockfish Wildlife SanctuaryIt’s been a wild baby season at RWS this year, but things just got a whole lot battier! 😍These big brown bat pups are each a mere 5 grams. We feed them every 3-4 hours, 24 hours per day! We syringe-feed them specialized bat formula, and we feed ourselves coffee. Lots of coffee. 😂 #wildliferehab #batrehab #bigbrownbat #goingbatty ... See MoreSee Less
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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is busy! Thanks for caring for these littles! ... See MoreSee Less
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We're into pup season with a heat spike following a long cool spring. That is a recipe for disaster! We're getting reports of pups and adults falling throughout the southeast. If you know of pup falls, please help get a pup catcher installed so the pups can cool down and get back into the colony.The calls have started already this summer on pups falling from bat houses due to over-heating. If you have a bat house, or know someone who does, please install a pup catcher so helpless babies can be saved. The screen also allows adults the chance to come out and cool off on the net when needed. Please spread the word! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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