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Bat Monitor Training Class In Eagle RiverSubmitted: 04/29/2013

Shardaa Gray
Reporter/Anchor
sgray@wjfw.com

Photos By Shardaa Gray

EAGLE RIVER - Bird watching can be a popular hobby in the northwoods.

But a group in Eagle River wants to find out more information on a different species that also flies.

People at Trees for Tomorrow had the chance to handle the equipment they will use to survey bats.

The purpose is to determine where bats are located and find as man as possible.

Teacher, Troy Walters says they don't have a lot of information on bats.

"I think there's a few threats these days that are really difficult for bats," said Walters.

"White nose syndrome and wind turbans and things like that are increasing problems for bats."

Saving bats from those threats is important.

Walters says bats serve a lot of purposes in wildlife.

"Number one they eat a lot of mosquitoes which is beneficial for us, but they do also eat some other pest on crops and so forth," Walters said.

"So they actually do provide not just an ecological service, but some of the monetary services as well."

Walters says you can survey anytime throughout the summer.

The next class will be sometime in May.

If you're interested in attending the class, you can call Troy Walters at 715-479-6456 extension 228 or email him at troy@treesfortomorrow.com.

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