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Vermonters asked to help count bats

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Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife Courtesy: Vt. Fish and Wildlife

The state needs your help counting bats.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to monitor colonies of endangered bats this summer.

The little brown bats suffered massive declines due to white nose syndrome, which wiped out about 90 percent of Vermont's bat population.

The state is trying to track the bat populations to see how many survive and reproduce.

If you want to help, you have to attend one of two trainings:

May 13 at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh

May 20 at Bomoseen State Park in Fair Haven

Both trainings start at 7:30 p.m. and end after dusk when all the bats have exited the buildings and bat houses where they live. You don't need to RSVP, but you need to arrive promptly and wear warm layers and have appropriate bug protection. All ages are welcome. For questions or more info contact small mammals biologist Alyssa Bennett at Alyssa.Bennett@vermont.gov or 802-786-0098.

You can also report new colonies of bats on Fish and Wildlife's website.

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