In mid-June 2017, staff and representatives from six national parks met in a remote area of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona to discuss one thing: Bats! Most of the parks are part of the Mojave Desert Network, and they share similar challenges in managing bat populations. The group talked about important threats to bats, current monitoring in participating parks, and future plans and needs in each park. Some other topics included decontamination procedures for white-nose syndrome and implementing the NABat monitoring plan.
Arizona Bat Blitz!
Staff participated in important bat-centric activities:
- Training for bat detector deployment
- Setting up mist nets
- Update from Pacific West Regions’ WNS Response Coordination Team
- Exhibit of new bat monitoring equipment