Bats and Pools Survey

Please take a moment to participate in a research project conducted by Zachary Nickerson and Dr. Joy O’Keefe at Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation. If you use, own or manage a pool please participate in this survey about bats and pools. Even if you have never witnessed bats at your pool, your response will be valuable to this research project.
Thank you for taking a moment to participate and allowing all of us to increase our knowledge on bats and their behaviors.

Bats and Pools Survey

You are being invited to participate in a research study designed to gain a better understanding of how bats use swimming pools across North America. This study is being conducted by Zachary Nickerson and Dr. Joy O’Keefe, from the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation in the Department of Biology at Indiana State University. This study is part of an undergraduate research project, and the first phase was funded by the ISU Center for Student Research and Creativity. This survey is being distributed across the United States and Canada, and the targeted respondents are pool owners or those who use or maintain pools on a regular basis.

Most North American bats are small, active at night, and difficult to observe, so we have very little information on how bats interact with their environment. Anecdotal reports suggest bats use swimming pools for drinking, perhaps especially in areas where natural water…

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