Projects and Research

Bat Surveys -  Numerous bat surveys have been conducted on the refuge since 2006. These surveys include acoustical analysis using an ANABat System, designed to identify bats by detecting and analyzing their echolocation calls. This system can be set-up in a stationary location or by driving a designated route. Mist nets are used to capture the bats and data is collected and recorded before releasing them. 

Tree Swallow Research - The breeding biology and movement ecology of Tree Swallows at Santee NWR has been studied in collaboration with Davidson College since 2015. Additional collaborators from Indiana University are also conducting research on behavioral and physiological changes in breeding populations of Tree Swallows along the Eastern Coast related to environmental stressors.