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Into the Hills

The story of the first Indiana bat migration study in the northeast US.

In the Spring of 2000, a small group of researchers set out to attempt to follow an endangered bat from it's winter tunnel to it's summer roost, wherever that may be. While the goal of the project was to focus on a five-mile radius of the hibernation site, the team proved that these animals could be followed on the ground a much longer distance, while gaining important information on their migration habits.

The project involved trapping continuously for a month, waiting for "just the right bat" to monitor. Four Indiana bats were tracked, and one was ultimately lost in an intense chase nearly 60 miles from it's starting point.

This experience spawned a number of subsequent projects (Kingston, Hartman Mine, and Barton Hill) that all drew from the knowledge gained here.

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The Tunnel

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