June 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Ethan Borland for winning the June 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. Ethan's fantastic photo of a Big Brown Bat bearing down on a mayfly snack received the most 'faves' of any observation submitted to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. What this bat was doing flying around in broad daylight, besides snacking of course, is anyone's guess! Big Brown Bats, and all of Vermont's other bat species, are notoriously difficult to see and photograph, making this observation an exceptional documentation of bat behavior. A close relative of the Big Brown Bat, the Little Brown Bat, has been experiencing precipitous declines in recent years due to the presence of White Nose Syndrome in hibernacula across the northeast. To learn more about bat declines and monitoring, check out ...more ↓
Posted on July 03, 2019 11:50 by nsharp nsharp | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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