Boat Trips for Bat Monitoring: How Wisconsin Residents are Helping Bat Conservation

When you think about wildlife you might encounter while boating, fish, turtles, and waterbirds all come to mind. But a growing group of citizen scientists in Wisconsin is using boats to find a whole different type of animal – bats. In parts of the state, bat monitoring by boat, canoe, or kayak has become the go-to method for many volunteers seeking to collect data on these elusive nighttime creatures that play a key role in keeping insect populations in check.

These volunteers are part of

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