Indiana Bat Calendar – A Fact a Day for 2013
A male Indiana bat with transmitter used to track locations. (Courtesy photo by Adam Mann, Environmental Solutions and Innovations)
By Georgia Parham
Bats are fascinating creatures, and now the Midwest Region has a way for educators, conservationists and all who appreciate bats to stay up to date and learn about the endangered Indiana bat and other species.
The Region has launched the Indiana Bat Calendar, an electronic calendar featuring 365 bat facts, and found on the Region’s website. Subscribers can sign up to automatically receive the daily bat fact, and the widget on the website is available for posting by other agencies and organizations.
Bat facts cover life history and conservation efforts for the Indiana bat and for other bat species common in the Midwest. Lori Pruitt, the Service’s lead for Indiana bat recovery and compiler of the facts, said the project is an effort to raise awareness of Indiana bats, bat conservation in general and critical issues such as white-nose syndrome and impacts of pesticide use.
To sign up for the calendar, go to http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/inba/calendar/
If you’re signing up for the calendar from a Service computer, you will need to open the Service web page (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/) from Internet Explorer rather than Chrome. On the left hand side of the screen, you will see a box labeled "Daily Bat Fact." In that box, click on the "Subscribe by email" link and then follow instructions to sign up for the bat fact. You will get a confirmation message sent to your Service email account and will be asked to click a link to activate your account. You’ll have to cut and paste that link into Internet Explorer to activate it.
If you’re interested in using the bat calendar widget on your website, contact Courtney Celley in External Affairs at Courtney_Celley@fws.gov