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Volunteers Needed in Dubuque County to Track Bats

Volunteers in Dubuque County are needed once again this summer to drive around and track the bat population. 

DNR wildlife diversity biologist, Stephanie Shepherd, says the volunteers record the noises bats make as they fly through the night.

The DNR has teamed with Iowa State University for the last ten years to track the bat signals.

Shepherd says the survey begins 30 minutes after sunset and takes roughly two-and-a-half hours to complete. Dubuque County is one of several counties where they’ll be tracking the bats – and Shepherd says they’ll train you before sending you out.

The survey routes are run in June and July. If you live in Dubuque County and might be interested in monitoring bats, go to the DNR web page at to sign up.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa

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