Due to threats like loss of habitat, white-nose syndrome, and human activities, all of New Hampshire's eight bat species are currently listed as Endangered, Threatened, or as a Species of Special Concern. Landowners, town commissioners, planners, land managers, and other conservation-minded individuals can help to conserve and enhance bat habitat on forest and conservation lands. Many of these voluntary practices for bats overlap with conservation actions that benefit forest birds and protect water quality.
Attendees at this half-day workshop will learn about New Hampshire's bat species and their ecology, review conservation practices that benefit bats, and visit a field site to discuss management techniques for bat- and bird-friendly forests. Participants should come dressed for the weather and prepared to spend part of the afternoon outside (rain or shine), with appropriate footwear and bug protection. The training is recommended for landowners and managers of forests, wetlands, river frontage, or other wildlife habitat. Foresters, biologists, and professional land managers are welcome, but a training specifically for these audiences will be held next year.
12:30 - 4:30pm: Afternoon Session Indoor presentations on Bat Species of New Hampshire and their Ecology, and Bat Conservation, followed by a Bat and Bird Friendly Forest Management Field Tour.
5:00 - 7:00pm: Early Evening Session (optional) Participants will have the opportunity to hear and see forest birds up-close, during a mist netting session with a local bird biologist.
Participants can register for the afternoon session, or the full workshop (both the afternoon and early evening sessions). The deadline to register is July 28th at 5pm.
Workshop hosted as part of NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant to Pilot Acoustic Bat Surveys and Forest Practices to Conserve Northern Long-Eared Bat Habitat in New Hampshire’s Working Forests. Sponsored by NRCS, Native Geographic LLC, North East Ecological Services, US Fish & Wildlife Service, NH Fish & Game, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, & UNH Cooperative Extension.
This event occurs on the following calendars: