The 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).
Promoting bat research, conservation, and education
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.
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)
The MBWG met on January 16, 2014 for the 12th Annual Meeting. There was a full agenda including research updates, committee report outs, and a discussion of potential outreach opportunities within the upcoming year.
The 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.
The MBWG met on January 23, 2013 for the 11th Annual Meeting. Twenty-six people attended the event, representing several research and educational institutions, state and federal agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations, and the general public. There was a full agenda including research updates, committee report outs, and an in-depth discussion of state-level conservation needs that the MBWG can move forward.
The MBWG held their 9th Annual Mist Net Event from July 24-26, 2012 at the Chickasawhay Ranger District of the DeSoto National Forest in Jones County. The event featured a guided tour of the Triple H and Pitts caves, led by Dr. David Beckett of the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to southeastern myotis, the group observed two-lined, three-line, and slimy salamanders, pickerel frogs, and several crayfish. Following protocol, no equipment was taken into either cave that had been used in any white-nose positive state.
The group caught a total of 15 bats, a flying squirrel and a bronze frog! Species captured included Seminole bat (8), eastern red bat (2), an unknown Lasiurus species (escaped), evening bat (3), and eastern pipistrelle (tricolored bat; 1). The group followed the national protocol for handling bats to avoid spreading white-nose syndrome.
The 10th Annual Meeting of the MBWG was held at the Pine Ridge Lodge at Lake Tiak-O’Khata in Louisville, MS on February 23, 2012. Twenty-four members attended this meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 17th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network. In addition to research presentation and updates from committees and partners, the meeting featured a recap of the first 10 years of the MBWG along with presentation of several awards recognizing a range of categories.
A group of Webelos II boy scouts and their families joined the Mississippi Bat Working Group in north Mississippi to learn about bats with a seminar, hands-on activities and a mist netting demonstration. The scouts worked towards their wildlife belt or pin and the World Conservation Award. Read more here.
The MBWG held it’s 8th Annual Mist Net Event on July 11-13, 2011 at Carver Point on Grenada Lake (Grenada County). The event featured a bat identification workshop presented by Alsion McCartney. A total of 37 people participated in the event, sampling eight sites. Thirty five bats representing three species were captured during the two nights of netting. Captures included eastern red bat (20), evening bat (8), and tri-colored bat (7). Additionally, 23 people participated in bridge survyes, covering 10 routes. Ninety bridges were surveyed for bats, with no sightings reported.