Over the last decade, hibernating-bat populations in Vermont have declined significantly due to the fungal disease known as White-nose Syndrome. Come learn about Vermont's nine species of bats, what the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is doing to conserve and recovery this suite of species, and how you can manage your woodlands and property to enhance bat habitat.
Alyssa Bennett is the Small Mammals Biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, where she works mainly on the conservation and recovery of Vermont’s bats. She has a BA in ethology from Hampshire College and a MS in behavioral neuroendocrinology from Smith College. Her varied science background has taken her from natural history museums and zoos to remote field sites and classrooms of all ages.
For Further Info: White-nose Syndrome decimated Vermont’s hibernating bats between 2008 and 2010 and the disease continues to be a threat to the remaining population. But there is hope. The drastic 90% decline has slowed and some individual bats have survived multiple years despite being exposed to the disease. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) is a leader in bat conservation by collaborating on research into this disease and other important bat conservation issues with researchers from around the globe and right here in New England. This presentation will highlight some of the research projects the VFWD has been involved in and how citizen scientists have made some of this work possible. In addition, the audience will learn about the best bat house designs and locations for attracting bats, as well as how to manage forests to provide roost trees, clean water, and foraging areas for many species of bats.