This project is funded through a co-operative agreement between the Alaska Center for Conservation Science – Zoology Program and The Alaska Department of Fish and Game – Threatened, Endangered and Diversity Program
The Zoology program at ACCS is currently involved in bat research throughout interior Alaska and is identifying a network of little brown myotis maternity colonies to monitor over the upcoming years. During summer 2016, we performed emergence counts and mist-netting surveys at six colonies along the Copper River basin. Additionally, we assisted home owners with building their own artificial bat roosts at three sites. We are currently on the hunt for maternity colonies along the Tanana River (Fairbanks to Delta Junction) to include in our 2017 study.
Wildlife biologists with the Threatened, Endangered and Diversity program and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have been studying bats for the past 6 years. They currently have a citizen science monitoring program where you can report your sightings online.
In 2012, the Northern Bat Working Group was established to foster communication and collaboration amongst bat researchers in Alaska. The group currently has 75 members and is co-chaired by Karen Blejwas (ADF&G) and Jesika Reimer (ACCS).