Bat Mist-netting - July 26, 2013July 26, 2013
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge invites you to join us for a special evening of bat mist-netting on Friday, July 26, beginning at 8:00 p.m. The event will last until about 10:30 p.m., but attendees may leave at any time. This free event is open to the public. Mist-netting will take place at the Savanna Trail. Participants should meet in the trailhead parking lot. During the mist-netting, our bat expert, Dr. Russ Benedict of Central College, will teach participants about our native bats, demonstrate the use of a mist-net, and allow attendees to get up-close looks at any bats that are captured. We will record information on the species, age, and sex of the bats to help better understand bat populations on the refuge. Five species of bats have previously been recorded on the refuge, including the endangered Indiana bat.We recommend that volunteers wear comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and bug spray, and bring a flashlight and a chair or blanket for sitting. To register, please contact Megan Wandag at Megan_Wandag@fws.gov or 515-994-3400.