Bankhead National Forest–Alabama
August 2-6, 2021
Please mark your calendars for the 2021 Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Bat Blitz, to be held August 2-7, 2021, at the Bankhead National Forest in northern Alabama. Like previous blitz events, we hope this experience will continue to foster the collaboration and camaraderie that makes SBDN so unique, while providing scientific data that informs habitat management and bat conservation in the Southeast. Our headquarters will be located at Camp McDowell (https://campmcdowell.com/conference-center/accommodations) in Nauvoo, Alabama.
The exact number of participants is yet to be determined, but we hope to again welcome a mix of bat biologists, wildlife professionals, and volunteers to attend.
The 2021 SBDN blitz aims to exactly replicate netting sites surveyed in 2008, six-years before the detection of white-nose syndrome. Our local blitz hosts are revisiting the 2008 net locations to update sitemaps and ensure sites remain appropriate for re-survey. We plan to compare captures at our upcoming 2021 blitz (seven years after white-nose syndrome) to captures in 2008.
Special thanks to the U.S. Forest Service and Alabama Bat Working, our local blitz hosts, for all their hard work. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and appropriate precautions, if necessary, will be determined closer to the event. Stay tuned for registration information.
If you have any questions, please contact the Host Committee:
Nick Sharp – Nicholas.Sharp@dcnr.alabama.gov
Ryan Shurette – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Cochran – email@example.com