Go Batty This Summer!
Count Bats for Conservation!
Be the most creative host in your neighborhood – host a bat count this summer! New Hampshire’s two most common bat species, the little brown bat and the big brown bat, use buildings as their summer roosts. Abandoned houses, barns, church steeples – and even currently-occupied structures – can provide a summer home to female bats and their young. Monitoring these “maternity colonies” can give biologists a good idea of how bat populations in an area are doing from year to year. With the occurrence of White Nose Syndrome in New Hampshire, monitoring these colonies is more important than ever. People in states all across eastern US are counting bats this summer. Won’t you join them?
Colonies can be monitored by conducting a “bat count” at a summer colony in your area. We ask that you count bats as they exit their summer roost at dusk in June, then again later in the summer to see how the colony has grown as pups begin flying. The documents below provide all of the information you need to get started. So please, grab a friend or two and go batty this summer for conservation.
All data sheets should be filled out and returned to the address at the bottom of this page. Your privacy is important to us; your information is only used for this research project.
How to Do a Bat Count
Instructions on how and when to conduct a ‘bat count’ once you locate a summer bat colony.
FORMS for you to use in monitoring bats:
Site and Landowner Information
This form lets us know where the colony is and who owns it.
Bat Colony Count Data Form
This is the data sheet to use when you are doing your count. Use as separate sheet for each day you count.
- Bat Colony Count Data Form NH (Word format)
- Bat Colony Count Data Form NH (PDF format: not saveable)
Volunteer Time Sheet - Help the Nongame Program earn matching funds!
Please record your time and mileage on this form to document effort spent on these surveys. Your volunteer time enables us to collect essential "match" funds that can be used to work on white-nose syndrome. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT - PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO COMPLETE the form! This form is PDF only; please print and complete by hand. Thank you.
Return all forms to:
Colony Bat Count – WNS Investigation
Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program
NH Fish and Game Dept.
11 Hazen Dr.
Concord, NH 03301
Thanks for participating!