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Bat Conservation

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Bats are a valuable and fascinating part of Georgia's natural heritage. They provide a beneficial service by foraging on flying insects, many of which are pests. A single bat can eat hundreds of mosquitoes in one hour. They also eat large numbers of moths and beetles that cause agricultural damage.

Conservation Concerns

Georgia is home to 16 species of bats. Some of these appear to be adaptive; they opportunistically roost and forage in altered habitats such as suburban and agricultural landscapes. A few species, however, have specific habitat needs, such as caves with suitable temperature and humidity, or large, hollow bottomland trees. Populations of these species are more vulnerable to habitat alterations and are of conservation concern. Other factors impacting bat populations include pesticides and water quality that impact aquatic-based food supplies, and more lately, a mysterious disease threat known as white-nose syndrome.

First observed in a New York cave in 2006, the condition is named for the fuzzy white fungus that grows on the wings and muzzles of infected bats as they attempt to hibernate in caves. The bats become active and essentially starve before their normal awakening in the spring.

White-nose syndrome, or WNS, has since killed an estimated 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The disease was first documented in Georgia in early 2013, and officials are working with caving and other conservation groups to combat WNS.

 

 

Summer Survey Guidance

Credit: USFWS

Credit: Ann Froschauer/USFWS

A team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, with help from interested parties, developed new rangewide guidance for conducting summer surveys for Indiana bats.

  • 2014 Rangewide Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidelines
  • Methods to Evaluate and Develop Minimum Recommended Summer Survey Effort for Indiana Bats: White Paper
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    Georgia Bat Permit Holders 2014

    This list represents, to the best of our knowledge, individuals who have the necessary permitting to conduct bat surveys in Georgia.  This is intended to be an impartial list of qualified personnel only, this list in no way is intended to be our recommendation of any researcher over another.  If you are a researcher with the necessary section 10(a)(1)(A) recovery/research permit to work with bats in State of Georgia and you need to be added to this list, please contact Pete Pattavina at pete_pattavina@fws.gov and provide your relevant contact information.

    Firm Name Individual Contact Person/Firm Principal, if applicable Federal Bat Species Authorized by Federal Permit Federal Permit # Expiration Date States authorized to work in (as stated in Federal Permit) Address/Phone/Fax/Email
    Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. Chris Leftwich, Biologist/PM Indiana myotis, gray myotis, Virginia big-eared bat, Ozark big-eared bat, northern long-eared myotis. TE070584-10 6/30/1014 (renewal in process)

    Rangewide for ALL species

    11641 Richmond Rd, PO Box 73, Paint Lick KY 40461

    Phone: 859-925-9012

    Fax: 859-925-9816

    Email:

    cleftwich@copperheadconsulting.com

    Ecological Solutions, Inc. Dottie Brown Indiana myotis, gray myotis, northern long-eared myotis. TE94704A-0 2016

    GA,NC, TN, AL,

    SC,FL,KY,IN,

    OH,MO,MS,IL

    630 Colonial Park Drive, Roswell, GA 30075

    Phone: 828-244-1898

    Fax: 770-998-5606

    Email:

    dottiebrown@ecologicalsolutions.net

    Eco-Tech Consultants, Inc. Lee Droppelman, Principal Scientist Indiana myotis, gray myotis, Virginia big-eared bat, Ozark big-eared bat, northern long-eared myotis TE810274-10 8/30/2016 Rangewide for ALL species

    1220 Kennestone Circle, Suite 100  Marietta, GA  30066

    Phone: 678-496-3738 (office); 502-548-0960 (cell)

    Fax: 678-496-3739

    Email:

    ldroppelman@ecotechinc.com

    POWER Engineers, Inc. Karen Tyrell, PhD Indiana myotis, gray myotis, northern long-eared myotis TE38789A-2 12/31/2015 Rangewide for ALL species

    7041 Maynardville Highway
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

    Phone: 865-925-6370 (office); 865-414-1559 (cell)

    Fax: 865-922-8495

    Email:

    karen.tyrell@powereng.com

    Redwing Ecological Services, Inc. Kiersten Fuchs, Principal Indiana myotis, gray myotis, Virginia big-eared bat, Ozark big-eared bat, northern long-eared myotis TE151107-2 12/31/2016 AL, AR, CT, DE, MD, MA, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI

    1139 South Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

    Phone: 502-625-3009

    Fax: 502-625-3077

    Email:

    kfuchs@redwingeco.com

    Skybax Ecological Services, LLC Gary Libby Indiana myotis, gray myotis, Virginia big-eared bat, northern long-eared myotis TE156392-2 10/31/2017 Rangewide for ALL species

    PO Box 1093, Berea, KY  40403

    Phone: 859-302-2897

    Fax:

    Email:

    garylibby@windstream.net

     

    Third Rock Consultants, LLC Gerry Fister or Rebbeca Colvin Indiana myotis, gray myotis, Virginia big-eared bat, Ozark big-eared bat, northern long-eared myotis TE049738-7 12/31/2015 AL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MS, NC, OH, SC, TN

    2526 Regency Rd., Suite 180, Lexington, KY  40503

    Phone: 859-977-2000

    Fax: 859-977-2001

    Email:

    gfister@thirdrockconsultants.com

     

     

     

     

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    Bat survey information

     

    White-nose information

     

    General bat Information

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    Last updated: April 10, 2014