In pursuit of Indiana bats
Indiana bat
Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis
Photo by Jahshua Sanchez

An hour before the sun goes down, my colleagues and I arrive at our site: a human-made pond in the middle of the forest. The high-pitched croaking of Cope's gray treefrogs greets us as we get out of our truck. Surrounded by trees and full of salamanders, these ponds are an essential water resource for our forest-dependent bats. We do a brief survey of the site, then set up our mist nets around the pond’s perimeter. We’re hoping to catch our target species – the Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis.

Read more from Reed Crawford, doctoral student in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, in the Illinois News Bureau's Behind the Scenes blog