Category Archives: Bat Protection Fund

Bat Talk and Walk Program

Guest blog by: North Lakeland Discovery Center One of the goals of the North Lakeland Discovery Center, a nonprofit environmental education center in northern Wisconsin, is to connect our community to the natural world. We do this through programs, hikes, lectures, workshops and most importantly, citizen science. Our project this summer and early fall was our Bat Walk and Live Education Bat Programs....

Reflecting on 30 years

By Carl Schwartz, steering committee chair for Bird City Wisconsin and board chair for the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. Anniversaries always offer a time for reflection—a chance to look back on where we have been and how our various relationships have evolved. In the 18 years since my wife Barbara and I became members of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, I’ve had the chance to see the many ways NRF carries out...

Better than Batman: Superheroic efforts to survey Wisconsin’s bats

By Lindsay Renick Mayer When the quiet of the night is interrupted by low, mechanical ticks, at first I almost miss it. “Big brown bat,” says Andrew Badje, a conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, pointing to the squiggly lines moving across the screen of the noisy device he had hitched to the front of my kayak just moments before. I peer out over the lake to try to see the bat...

A Q&A on winter bat surveys with DNR Mammal Ecologist John Paul White

By Brooke Hemze and Lindsay Renick Mayer, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Bats are an essential part of Wisconsin ecosystems, controlling pests and pollinating plants. While the Wisconsin bat population has been healthy, the deadly white-nose syndrome, which was found for the first time in Wisconsin in 2014, is affecting hibernating bats across the United States. If white-nose syndrome continues to spread through Wisconsin, it could cause a dramatic decline in bat populations. The Natural Resources...