As keen-eyed and -eared as the Young Birders are, we've entirely overlooked a whole family of creatures...flighted, featherless, phenomenal BATS!
The natural history of these strangest of mammals is complicated, amazing, and as beautiful as it is weird. As some parts of New England have lost more than 90% of their native bat populations in the past decade, there has never been a more important time to learn about the species we have here in our state and the things we can do to protect them.
Join Cynthia Nichols on July 25, when we'll gather at the Massabesic Audubon Center in the early evening. As bluebirds, thrushes, and other nesting birds pipe up with their evening chorus, she'll present a talk on New Hampshire's bats, their life-cycle, and the white-nose syndrome that has wreaked such havoc on their colonies. And after sunset, we'll learn to make an official count of the bats as they emerge from their roosting site, so that we ourselves can assist in the citizen science efforts that may help to save them.