|June 21, 2000
Long eared in the bridge, but otherwise a rainout
|Man the lifeboats, caulk the wagons, load the animals, deploy the tarps, man it is raining. The dribbly stream in front of camp is now class III whitewater. The rain is basically a steady dump, occasionaly changing over to raging downpour for a change of pace. Needless to say, Chris and Neil spent the evening watching the police deal with a drunk landowner while Pam and I had a delightful dinner at Shoney's. Somehow Dave and Tom managed to setup the triple high and a single high under a bridge overpass in Cedar Grove, and even managed to catch a northern long eared. And going above and beyond the call of duty, they identified a maturnity colony of northern long eards using the bridge! This of course will need further investigation as we do not know how many bats are involved or what species breakdown is. We do know this lactating female was visially spotted emerging from a seam in the bridge, and a pup could be seen in the roost. Having long eareds in a bridge, much less a maternity colony is a rather unusual find.
Left: The long eared critter can't wait to rejoin her young.
|Bottom: Distinctive styrations in the tail membrane help identify a long eared.|
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