Volunteers are needed this summer to assist biologists from the U.S. Forest Service in locating one of the only known maternity roosts of Western mastiff bats (Eumops perotis) in Arizona. Participants will camp and work on the rim of the Grand Canyon for approximately five days, July 12 - 16. Up to eight people are needed for two different types of positions: bat trappers and bat trackers.
Trappers will mist-net bats and attach radio transmitters to certain individuals. Requires rabies pre-exposure vaccination. Experience in bat handling preferred.
Trackers will triangulate bat positions from the rim of the Grand Canyon using radio telemetry. Select individuals may have the opportunity to hike into remote locations to pinpoint and visit bat roost locations, to conduct exit counts, and to collect roost data. Prefer candidates with drivers license and personal vehicle for transportation to sites on rough dirt roads. Familiarity with maps and navigation techniques in remote country helpful.
If you are interested in gaining valuable experience in radio telemetry techniques or seeing up to 18 different species of bats, please contact:
Maggie Dowd or Melissa Siders
North Kaibab Ranger District
P.O. Box 248, Fredonia, AZ 86022
(520) 643-7395 (520) 643-8105 fax