Wisconsin bats need you!
Master Naturalists are sought after to help develop a network of Bat Ambassadors to share knowledge and enthusiasm about bats with others in formal and informal settings on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Wisconsin Bat Program. Participants leave this training as a graduated member of the “Bat Ambassador Team ” with access to a DNR bat PowerPoint plus other teaching aides and activities, including the ability to check-out an Echo-meter Touch Pro bat detector for android smart phones from our detector library. Participants will be introduced to bat viewing sites and bat hibernacula accessible to the public where volunteer naturalist guides are needed to help teach about bats.
Description: This two-day training will provide a broad overview of bat biology and ecology, field techniques, citizen-based monitoring of bats, bat diseases, backyard & landscape-level conservation and management for bats, as well as providing tips & techniques for teaching the public and children about bats. Approximately half of the training will take place in a classroom and half in the field and includes evening field experiences. Training presenters will be DNR Bat Program staff. Master Naturalist participants will receive 16 hours of Advanced Training hours.
Service Commitment: Trained Bat Ambassadors must provide a public outreach event within one year. Examples of outreach events include: giving a bat talk, leading a bat acoustic walk, bat roost emergence count or viewing, bat house building workshop, Halloween event bat booth, etc. An outreach event can include groups either identified and forwarded by the DNR Bat Program or identified by the participant in their local community (library, school, nature center, state park, scouts, etc.) These events would count toward Master Naturalist volunteer hours.
Field experiences will include low-light situations, uneven terrain, prolonged standing, and several sets of stairs. Accommodation requests must be stated at the time of registration.
When: (attendance required both days)
- Thursday, August 10, 2023: 10am-5pm and 7-10pm
- Friday, August 11, 2023: 9-5pm
Blue Mound State Park, Governor Dodge State Park & Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s Kickapoo Caverns Nature Preserve
- Bring your own food and transportation.
Join Waiting List Register before July 31.
The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program and the DNR believe that finances should not be a barrier to learning. Financial assistance is available during registration for those who indicate the fee is a hardship.
Cancellation Policy: A full refund is provided (less a $25 administrative fee) for any cancellations received before July 31. No refunds will be made after that date. If the training is cancelled due to low enrollment, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund.