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Bat Blitz nets more than 600 bats in Southwest Missouri

An intensive, three-night survey of the bat population on public lands in southeast Missouri netted more than 600 bats, including representatives of several endangered, vulnerable or seldom-seen species.

About 80 participants, including professional biologists, students and dedicated amateurs, converged on the University of Missouri’s University Forest Environmental Education Center, which served as headquarters for the “Bat Blitz.”

“It’s a census of the different species of bat that are out here,” said Hank Stelzer, MU Extension forester and superintendent of the University Forest.

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