2020 Summer Bat Netting Volunteer Opportunity

Due to COVID-19, bat netting is canceled until further notice.

In 2020, SCDNR will be conducting targeted mist netting at properties in mainly Charleston, Horry, and Chesterfield/Darlington counties. The goal is to capture Northern long-eared bats, but we will be recording data on any bat species we capture. We would like to have local volunteer help to record data, assist in decontamination to avoid the spread of White-nose Syndrome in bats, and help raising and lowering the nets. No volunteer handling of bats is permitted unless the volunteer has up-to-date rabies shots, but it will be a great opportunity to see these wonderful creatures and be part of an important project. During the 2019 season, 138 individuals of nine different bat species were captured. Other nocturnal creatures are often encountered during netting including Southern Flying Squirrels, Luna Moths and Polyphemus Silkmoths.

Current netting schedule:

Times: We will be netting bats on non-holiday, Mon-Thurs nights within the time frames above. We will net bats from sunset until 5 hours after. This involves being on site in the evening for set-up and netting an hour or two before sunset until around 2:00 AM, and then clean-up (decontamination of nets, ropes, clothing and other materials). For example, we may arrive around 6:30/7:00 to set up, and net bats between 8:15 pm and 1:15 am (during the latest nights, netting will occur between 8:47 pm and 1:47 am). Take down and clean up afterward should take around 1 hr, depending on the site and number of people on hand.

Other Things to Know:

Any days you can assist will be greatly appreciated. A commitment of at least a few days (we suggest NON-consecutive to prevent burn out) would make it worth time spent training folks.

If interested, please fill out this volunteer form and and either scan or take good pictures of your signed form and email to Jennifer Kindel at kindelj@dnr.sc.gov, stating which site(s) and dates you would like to volunteer for.

 

Eastern Red Bat. Photo by Lori Duncan.