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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|Ecological Solutions, Inc.||Dottie Brown||Indiana myotis, gray myotis, northern long-eared myotis.||TE94704A-0||2016||
GA,NC, TN, AL,
630 Colonial Park Drive, Roswell, GA 30075
|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)
|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
Phone: 865-925-6370 (office); 865-414-1559 (cell)
|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
|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
|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