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White Nose Syndrome To Be Explored At Kemp Station

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The latest research on preventing the spread of White Nose Syndrome among Wisconsin's bat populations will be presented this weekend.  You can also find out how you can help preserve the populations.

UW-Madison's Kemp Natural Resources Station is hosting a public  information session with DNR biologist Heather Kaarakka,  Friday night at 7 p.m. Kaarakka will discuss the what is being done to combat White Nose Syndrome which is almost always fatal to certain species of bats. That discussion will  be followed  by a demonstration of the type of equipment used to count and identify bats at Kemp’s acoustic bat monitoring station and at other monitoring stations around the state.

Kaarakka says the public can help out by setting up their own bat houses...

"....putting up a bat house is a great way to encourage bats to inhabit the area and provide habitat for them..."

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. there will be a bat house-building workshop led by retired DNR biologist Linda Winn. Registered attendees will assemble the houses from pre-cut materials and also learn how and where to install them at home.

More information or to register is available by contacting the UW Kemp Natural Resources Station in Lake Tomahawk.

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