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Bat Request

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Image: A northern long-eared bat.

Comments (2 comments)

Brandon, I am a life long nature enthusiast. I have always had Interest, respect, and admiration for all living things – including the beloved seasonal Brown Bat. I live in the Northern Chicagoland suburbs and caught the story of the rabid brown bat killed in the Arlington Heights Village 4th floor. I know of two large chimneys in the area were hundreds of brown bats reside in the summer for sure. Not being a bat expert, I am guessing that they migrate elsewhere for during our winter season.
Wondering if bat biologist Brooke Slack or any bat scientists would be interested in knowing the location of the brown bat summer homes in my area. I could take a picture of each and provide the Long/Lat location for each. One is in downtown Mt. Prospect, IL (near Arlington Heights)’ the other is in Wheeling, IL.
Thank you for the great articles. Ray Schwarz

Ray Schwarz / August 16th, 2012, 5:07 am


Thanks for getting in touch. I’d say the person to start with is Joe Kath, endangered species project manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He’s a pretty big bat guy, and might be able to help. Good luck and let me know how it goes,


Brandon / August 16th, 2012, 5:25 am

What do you think?