2023 Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Bat Blitz
August 6-10, 2023
Chattahoochee National Forest and Ft. Mountain State Park
The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network is proud to present this year’s Bat Blitz, to be held August 6-10, 2023. at the Chattahoochee Forest in northwest Georgia. Reach back to the past with this reboot blitz, with re-visits to sites originally netted in 2010.
Coming to the Bat Blitz?
Please use the information below for planning and registration.
A comprehensive Participant Guide and schedule is coming soon…
A Note about Blitz Headquarters and Lodging Accommodations This Year
We will be offering lodging at a nearby, but different, location than blitz HQ this year due to some renovations happening at Fort Mountain State Park – read below for more information!
Blitz Headquarters (Meetings & Meals)
Fort Mountain Retreat and Conference Center
40 Blackhawk Trail
Chatsworth, GA 30705
All meals and meetings (welcome, safety meeting, and team leader meetings) will occur at the Fort Mountain Retreat and Conference Center (FMRCC). It is less than ten minutes down the road from Fort Mountain State Park. We will also offer single-occupancy/motel-style rooms at the FMRCC retreat center on a first-come, first-serve basis during registration. Please note these rooms will require a higher registration fee and will be treated as a quiet zone.
Blitz Primary Cabin-style Lodging and Socializing
Fort Mountain State Park
181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Less than ten minutes down the road from FMRCC Headquarters is Fort Mountain State Park, where we will offer group housing in state park cabins and the pioneer camping site for those who prefer to camp. All after-netting check-in and socializing will occur at host committee cabins at the state park. Rooms at the cabins will be double-occupancy (two beds per room) and you will be able to indicate your preferred roommate during registration. If you would prefer a cabin further away from the socializing area, please indicate so during registration and we will try to accommodate.
Meals at the Blitz
Please see below for a list of menu items being provided by our food vendor Oakwood Café. Registrants will have the option to choose vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal options, and vegetarian options generally include a large portion of vegetarian sides, with limited vegetarian protein options. Unfortunately, our vendor does not offer vegan options. If you have strict dietary restrictions, please plan on bringing enough food for your stay during the blitz, as grocery stores and other food options may be limited near blitz headquarters.
Bat Blitz T-shirts
Short-sleeve T-shirts are available at the registration link $20. We have two options for the Bat Blitz t-shirt. One is a soft cotton blend (photo left) that will feel familiar to anyone that attended last year’s Alabama bat blitz, and an athletic performance option (photo right). Specs and sizing for each can be viewed at the bottom of the page for each shirt. Sorry we can’t offer shipping of t-shirts to folks who aren’t coming to the blitz.
Please contact our local host committee by email or phone if you would like to be considered as a team leader. Team leaders should have adequate qualifications to: (1) safely handle and identify local and protected bat species; (2), manage a field crew with varying experience levels; and (3) have all equipment and materials for operating a mist net site comprising 2-3 net set-ups.
We will have a separate, private registration link for team leaders that our host committee will provide.
- Professional Registration (Double-occupancy cabin-room with roommate and kitchen): $75
- Professional Registration (Single-occupancy, motel-style room): $250
- Student Registration (Double occupancy only): $30
- T-shirts: $20
- Team Leader Registration: Free via a private registration link.
Note that we have a limited number of single-occupancy rooms available.
Since we pay our vendor in advance, we cannot offer refunds unless under special circumstances.
If you have any questions, please contact the Host Committee:
- Maggie Hunt–email@example.com
- Emily Ferrall –firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ruth Stokes –email@example.com
- Trina Morris –firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nikki Castleberry –email@example.com