Museum, University of Nebraska State



Bat Research

Date of this Version

July 1997


Published in NEBRASKAland 75:6 (July 1997), pp. 46-47. Copyright 1997 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Used by permission.


In our research, we capture bats with a net 50 to 200 feet long set up between poles. Usually we net over water to capture bats as they drink or forage. Sometimes we rig the net so it can be moved up and down like a sail between two secured lines or poles so we can sample what flies high among the trees. Netting helps us to discover where each species occurs in the state [of Nebraska], and we also can determine an individual's age, sex, reproductive condition, and diet.

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