Bat Conservation in Georgia
Georgia's Anabat Acoustic Survey Volunteer Project
Georgia is participating in a volunteer-based, nationwide acoustic survey effort to collect long-term data about bats.
The state is home to 16 species of bats. All of them eat insects exclusively and use echolocation to navigate, communicate and find food. Echolocation calls can be recorded and used to identify bats.
The national acoustic survey protocol provides guidelines for states to follow when starting monitoring programs. Here is a basic outline of the methods for Georgia:
Detailed instructions for using the Anabat can be found here. An instructional video is available below.
Georgia’s acoustic survey routes are shown on the map. Routes in green are available for surveys. Click on a route in your area to get information about road conditions, driving directions and a map.
Who should volunteer? Here are some things to consider before signing up:
How do you volunteer? Choose an available route you’re interested in from the map below. Then contact DNR wildlife biologist Trina Morris for information about getting started.
Anabat Volunteer Application and Waiver
Report poaching and wildlife violations. You can receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest—even if you wish to remain anonymous.
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