A researcher from Eastern Illinois University briefly holds a bat to determine its' age, sex, condition, weight and species. Photo by Jay Grabiec.
A small colony of a federally listed bat species, the Indiana Bat
The first night of acoustic monitoring by the Illinois Bat Conservation Program
Researchers study of a deadly bat disease, White Nose Syndrome
Bats provide important ecosystem services in the form of pest control
Acoustic driving transect at an Illinois nature preserve
Illinois' thirteen bat species are difficult to distinguish, with field identification requiring significant training & experience
Bats feed upon night-flying insects, including crop pests and mosquitoes, helping to maintain the balance of nature
Mist nets are used by researchers to temporarily capture bats, which are released after recording species, sex, age, and condition of the animal
Bats use high frequency calls to help them navigate and capture prey in the darkness. Researchers are able to use these calls to identify bat species. Photo by Jay Grabiec.
Learn more about the Illinois Bat Conservation Program and find contacts
All about acoustic surveys of bats across Illinois
Information about our statewide mist netting program