Post by Brian Roebuck on Oct 8, 2010 5:28:38 GMT -5
DOVER (Oct. 7, 2010) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking bat spotters to help scientists in locating bat colonies – groups of bats living in barns, attics, churches, schools and other buildings. Wildlife biologists are looking for bat colonies to study statewide bat populations, breeding activity and the overall health of the bats that inhabit our state.Bat colony spotters wanted; see www.fw.delaware.gov/bats
Bats are very valuable to Delaware by reducing mosquito populations and agricultural pests. As the primary consumer of night-flying insects, a single little brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in an hour. Bats are mammals; they have hair, give birth to live young and produce milk to feed their new-born pups.