Researching the Bat Population in Dunbar Cave

lblred“Dr. Barrass worked with Mr. Mike Wilson of the APSU [Austin Peay State University] Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to make maps of the cave and use those to plot out where the bats hang out. The Bat study students enter the cave at least once a month and record data as to where they find the bats. Comparing that data over time and seasons they know that Pipistrelles use only certain chambers within the cave and avoid others. That is most likely due to human impacts-like the burned chamber, he says. Pipistrelles seem to like congregating in groups and they hope to identify the location of a maternity roost (females gathering for care of their young).”