The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is soliciting citizen reports of bats found in buildings this summer. Vermont’s cave-bat species continue to struggle due to the deadly effects of white-nose syndrome.
Once the state’s most common bat, the little brown bat is now a state endangered species and the subject of Vermont’s “Got Bats?” campaign. “People often ask how they can help bats,” said state wildlife technician Alyssa Bennett. “Reporting bat colonies is one of the most important ways to help us conserve these fragile species. We especially need information in the parts of the state north of I-89.”
The “Got Bats?” campaign will continue throughout the spring and summer. Vermonters are urged to report bat colonies in buildings by filling out a Bat Colony Reporting Form at http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/wildlife_bats.cfm or by contacting Bennett at 802-786-0098.
“The citizen reports we received last summer helped us locate several of the little brown bat colonies that still exist. We hope Vermonters will continue to help us save this species,” said Bennett.
In addition, the department is seeking citizen scientists to help monitor local colonies. Instructions for monitoring are available on the website, along with information on white-nose syndrome, rabies, bat houses, and other frequently asked questions. Department staff also provide technical assistance to homeowners seeking to safely exclude unwanted colonies from their homes.
For more information, please contact Alyssa Bennett at the Rutland regional office, 271 North Main Street, Suite 215, Rutland, VT 05701, by phone at 802-786-0098, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.