Welcome to the Gold Country Bat Project. We are a small grassroots organization dedicated to our local bat species.
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On this site you can learn more about the 17 local species that inhabit the foothills and higher elevations. You can also contact us to visit your classroom (we have curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards) or community group to talk about the fascinating lives of bats. Our education mission includes educating people to help protect our local bats from the potential threat of White Nose Syndrome. Though no cases of WNS have been reported in California yet, it is critical to keep an eye (or ear) on our local bat population to know if they are being affected. If you see a dead bat, it could be a sign of WNS. Reporting dead bats helps us to monitor the health of local populations. We also spend time in the field learning about what bats live in our area. Since each species of bat has a unique echolocation call it uses to search for food, we are able to identify which species of bats are flying overhead using acoustical monitoring equipment. The equipment consists of a microphone that records the bats’ high-pitched ultrasonic calls and software that matches the call to a particular bat species. If you have a location in which you have seen bats, we would love to come out and conduct an acoustical bat survey, just contact us!