Blog: This Week in the Woods

Gone Batty!

Things are "batty" in Fugate Woods when the sun goes down. Two environmental biologists identified 4 species of the fragile night- flyers in a two night netting study in late July: The Big Brown Bat, Eastern Red Bat, Northern Long-Eared and Evening Bat.

Pocket nets strung across three trails yielded thrirty-three bats, each examined for maturity and gender, weight and wing-size, and a small wing biopsy taken for Illinois State Lab species verification. All were assessed as well for any indication of the White Nose Virus that is devistating bat populations throughout the Northeast. No Indiana Brown Bats were identified.

All captives were safely released to soar back into the magic of the dark woodland to dance with the fireflies.

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09.08.2011  Illinois Prairie Week

08.01.2011  Gone Batty!

07.26.2011  Bluebirds

07.12.2011  Colors of the Woods

06.27.2011  A Whale of a Tale!

06.13.2011  Unique Sightings

05.31.2011  Wood ducks and muskrats and carp, Oh My!

05.12.2011  ...and under your feet, Earth!

05.04.2011  A Silver Lining

04.25.2011  Sharing With Younger Generations

04.20.2011  Tiny Pantaloons

04.11.2011  The Woodland Floor is Coming To Life

04.07.2011  Welcome to Our Blog!

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