Mississippi Bat Working Group

Promoting bat research, conservation, and education

The Amazing World of Bats

Chester Martin, founder of the MBWG, explained the unique adaptations of bats for survival in a nocturnal world with a program entitled “The Amazing World of Bats” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The event was well attended, with 120 participants including children and adults.  The program included a question and answer session covering a wide range of topics.

Trace Festival

On April 16, 2016, Becky Rosamond hosted a bat booth at the Trace Festival, hosted by the National Park Service’s Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, MS.  The event included a mist net demonstration and several bats were captured and released.

14th Annual Meeting

On February 4, 2016, the Mississippi Bat Working Group met at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, MS for their annual membership and business meeting.  Research and monitoring updates were presented by Cody Jordan and Dr. Rich Buccholz (University of Mississippi), Scott Veum (Mississippi State University), Kathy Shelton (Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks), Alison McCartney (Deep South Eco Group), Chester Martin, Becky Rosamond (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Kris Godwin (USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services), Shea Staten (US Army Corps of Engineers), and James Austin (US Fish and Wildlife Service).

12th Annual MBWG Mist Net Event

Mist Net 2015The Mississippi Bat Working Group converged on Delta National Forest on October 19-20, 2015 for two nights of mist netting in the Mississippi Delta.  A total of eight sites were netted, covering both the north and south end of the forest.  Habitats netted included open water (drying ponds), drainages, and areas adjacent to oxbow lakes.  Fifty-five bats representing six species were captured. Species included evening bat (40), southeastern bat (4), eastern red bat (3), big brown bat (2), Rafinesque’s big-eared bat (1), and eastern pipistrelle (tricolored bat; 1).  (Photo: Becky Rosamond).

13th Annual Meeting

The MBWG held its 13th annual meeting at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science on January 12, 2015. The meeting included research updates, outreach and education opportunities, reports from officers, and presentation of awards to active members.

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11th Annual Mist Net Event

Mist Net Event 2014(c)J.P. Coleman State Park in Tishomingo County was the setting for the MBWG’s 11th Annual Mist Net Event.  Twenty people participated in two nights of mist netting on and adjacent to the park on July 29-30, 2014.  A total of 34 bats were captured, including eastern red bat (9), southeastern myotis (5), eastern pipistrelle (tricolored bat; 3), and evening bat (1).  During the day, participants hiked at Tishomingo State Park, conducted bridge checks for bats, and networked with wildlife professionals from around the state. (Photo: Amber Floyd)

10th Annual Mist Net Event

DSC_0029The MBWG held its 10th Annual Mist Net Event at the Choctaw Reservation, and participants included conservation officers from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.  The event included nightly mist netting, a tour of the heritage museum, and a demonstration of traditional Choctaw cooking and stick ball.  In all, the group caught a total of 31 bats and a southern leopard frog.  Species captured included Seminole bat (1), eastern red bat (15), evening bat (12), and southeastern myotis (3).  Nearly half of the bats (14) were captured in a triple high net stretched across a dry gravel road surrounded by bottomland hardwood forest.  (Photo: Amber Floyd)

See photos from the event here.