|Rafinesque's Big-Eared Bat, captured|
by mist net in Florida
Professor Tawse wrote:
|A hollow cypress tree and|
potential bat roosting site
"Getting back into some very remote sections of this land of gators, bears and a variety of snakes with “super spit” (venomous), the 11 team leaders and their crews ranging in size from four to ten people caught 246 bats of 8 different species, making this the most comprehensive bat survey ever conducted in the state of Florida. Exciting finds included the Rafinesque's Big-Eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) and the Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus), somewhat similar to our Eastern Red Bat (Lasiurus borealis), which were also found during the survey."The region where bats were collected has been in drought conditions and the teams had to be careful of several wildfires sparked by lightning strikes. But Professor Tawse was able to contribute information about Florida bat populations and will bring that experience back to Ohio where he works with Ashland University Biology students conducting research on the ecology of our local bat species.