How climbers help

Climbers know bats!
One of the first lessons this collaboration taught us is that climbers know bats. Because climbers get access to cracks and crevices where bats might roost, they are uniquely qualified to expand the understanding of bat roosting ecology. Climbers submit data regarding where and when they see bats using cracks and crevices. Also, if they can, they provide information about how many bats they see. This information can then be used by biologists to conduct follow-up visits and try to document how many bats use a crack or rock feature. 

What are these data used for?
Bat biologists and land managers would like to use the bat sightings as a means of learning more about bat biology and resource use. Bat populations are declining in regions of North America (see the Threats to Bats section) and biologists need to learn more about bat roosting requirements if they want to conserve these populations. The Climbers for Bat Conservation is a novel attempt to gain that understanding because it sets the groundwork. It lets biologists know where bats are, and, for many years, that has been a struggle for biologists. If we are lucky climbers may find large colonies of bats that biologists could study and monitor to understand how bats survive, reproduce, and hibernate in cracks.