Marilyn Bauchat, Uplands Network volunteer leader.
Several Uplands Network members have been helping out with bat studies in Owen-Putnam State Forest, Houston South and other locations. The studies are funded by a grant procured by Indiana Forest Alliance, but many volunteers are needed to carry equipment and monitor mist nets. Other surveys are planned in Pike State Forest.
Endangered and threatened species have been found through acoustics in the OPSF and have been acoustically and physically verified in the Houston South area of Hoosier National Forest. Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter and other environmental groups call on the U.S. Forest Service to prevent further threats to the bats by limiting prescribed fires and logging to the time of year when the animals are hibernating in order to avoid disturbance during the roosting season, improving the bats’ chances of survival.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email Steven Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org.