Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. — WOODSTOCK — Over the last decade, the bat population in Vermont has significantly declined due to the white-nose syndrome. Recently though, there has been some stabilization in populations. On Oct. 21, come and learn about Vermont’s nine species of bats, what habitat is important to the various species, and how you can manage your woodlands and property for enhancing bat habitat and populations in a Working Woodlands workshop, “Bats: Flicker in the Darkness.” Alyssa Bennett, small mammals biologist and bat specialist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will discuss foraging and roosting features utilized by bats and forest management practices that can be incorporated to improve these features. Weather permitting, there will be the chance to go outside and use acoustic equipment to listen for bat activity on the property after sunset.
The free event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. For info, visit www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm