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Bat Counters Needed: These are hard
times for hibernating cave bats. Since whitenose syndrome spread to Pennsylvania hibernacula
during the winter of 2008-09, population levels have crashed. However, bats
do remain, and significant colonies still can be found in some locations. Did you
know that you can help monitor surviving colonies during the summer months?
The Game Commission has organized surveys for summer bats across the state
since 1989 through the Appalachian Bat Count. Counts are obtained by watching bats emerge from their roosts at dusk. Since nearly all known roosts are in
man-made structures, the surveys primarily assess numbers of little brown and
big brown bats. Long-term monitoring enables us to examine population trends
and conserve significant colonies. Results have shown that bat populations
generally increased through the 1990s and then remained steady through most
of the 2000s. However, numbers declined steeply following the occurrence of
white-nose syndrome. If you know of a house, barn, bat box, or other structure
that contains bats during the summer months, please consider contributing to
this year's survey! Survey forms and instructions can be found on the Game
Commission's website.
- Nate Zalik, Wildlife Diversity Grants Coordinator
Do You See Me Now? Some of Pennsylvania's last major research about the
timing of woodcock nesting and display was performed in the 1950s, when
now-retired Game Commission biologist Steve Liscinsky conducted a comprehensive 10-year study. Liscinsky later authored one of the most thorough
life-history accounts of woodcock written,
The Pennsylvania Woodcock Management
Study (1972). With so many changes
over the past 55 years, we wanted to
determine if timing of peak display
or nest initiation had changed. We
selected three singing-ground
survey routes in the southwest,
each representing the three most common
habitat types we have on game lands in the
region. Following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(USFWS) Singing Ground Survey methods, we conducted
47 surveys from March 24 through May 11. These surveys
spanned the period before, during and after the
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