1st Annual Meeting

The first annual meeting of the Mississippi Bat Working Group was held on January 27, 2003 at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, Mississippi.   Thirty-two attendees representing at least 10 agencies and private companies participated in this meeting sponsored by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS).  


10:00 – 10:05 am      Welcome – Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) – Libby Hartfield, MMNS

10:05 – 10:15 am      Introduction – Meeting coordinators and participans

10:15 – 10:30 am      Meeting objectives – Alison Sherman, MMNS; Chester Martin, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and Interim Chair of MBWG

10:30 – 10:45 am      Status of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN) – Darren Miller, Weyehaeuser Co.

10:45 – 11:00 am      State of the Mississippi Bat Working Group and bat studies in Mississippi – Chester Martin

11:00 – 11:15 am      Development of Mississippi Bat Database – Alison Sherman

11:15 – 12:30 pm      Lunch

12:30 – 12:45 pm      Roost fidelity and roosting ecology for Rafinesque’s big-eared bats in Southeastern Mississippi – Austin Trousdale, University of Southern Mississippi

12:45 – 1:00 pm        Assessment of Corynorhinus rafinesquii roost characteristics at St. Catherine’s Creek NWR, Adams County, Mississippi – Alison Sherman

1:00 – 1:15 pm          Use of man-made structures by four species of forest dwelling bats in Claiborne County, Mississippi – Monica Wolters, ERDC

1:15 – 1:30 pm          Weyerhaeuser bat research in Mississippi – Darren Miller

1:30 – 1:45 pm          Survey of bats in Mississippi caves – Austin Trousdale

1:45 – 2:15 pm          AnaBat demonstration – Richard Lance, ERDC

2:15 – 2:30 pm          Election of 2003 – 2004 officers and assignment of ad-hoc committees

2:30 – 3:30 pm          Discussion of priority issues and projects for potential funding through various sources

3:30 pm                     Adjourn


Alison Sherman (MMNS) and Chester Martin (USA ERDC) served as meeting coordinators. The meeting was well-attended by 32 personnel representing MMNS; Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks; US Fish and Wildlife Service; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; US Army Engineer Research and Development Center; USDA Wildlife Services; US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District; Mississippi Army National Guard; University of Southern Mississippi; Weyerhaeuser Company; Anderson Tulley Company, and International Paper Company.

Libby Hartfield (MMNS) opened the meeting with a welcoming address, and coordinators and participants were introduced. See agenda (above) for more speakers and topics discussed. The final session of the meeting included election of 2003-04 officers and a group discussion of priority bat issues and management goals for Mississippi. Chester Martin was elected Chair; Alison Sherman was elected Recording Secretary. Issues addressed included the need for bat house projects in the state, better guidance on proper bat exclusion methods, provision of recommendations for bat-friendly bridge replacement designs to state and federal land managers and the Mississippi Department of Transportation, establishment of a working group web-site, and need for a public relations program to increase awareness of bat conservation needs and research activities in the state. Several agencies expressed a need for training field personnel to conduct bat surveys. Ad-hoc committees will be formed to address many of these issues. It was agreed that an official working group meeting would be held in January or February. A spring or summer mist-netting trip is also being planned for 2003.


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