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Those Elusive Flying Mammals!

Bats can be tricky to spot and observe but let's try because they need our help. As disease, habitat loss, and climate change decimate some bat populations, we can help scientists monitor and protect them. Below, our editors highlight five bat-related citizen projects from around the globe.

Find more than 1,600 projects and events in the SciStarter Global Project Finder.


The SciStarter Team

Photo: Stuart Newson

Norfolk, U.K. Bat Survey

If you're in Norfolk, UK, learn how to place a bat recording device outside in order to monitor bats. The program will soon be expanding to Scotland as well!

Get started!

Photo:WDNR, WI Bat Program

Wisconsin Bat Program

Wisconsin folks are needed to do summertime acoustic surveys and roost monitoring, in order to study and protect bat populations.

Get started!

Photo: Juliet Craig

British Columbia Bat Watch

Count bats as they emerge from roosts anywhere in British Columbia. It's a fun and easy way to study bats!

Get started!

Photo: BCT Hugh Clark

National U.K. Bat Monitoring Programme

Anyone in the United Kingdom can help by counting hibernating bats, monitoring summertime roosts, or using acoustic bat detectors to record flying bats.

Get started!

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Online Bat Detective

If you'd rather help from the comfort of home, this is the project for you! With Bat Detective, you can listen to and classify calls from bats and insects.

Get started!

The inaugural issue of the new open access journal, "Citizen Science: Theory and Practice" is available here.

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