Why use climbers?

Why use climbers?
The idea to use climbers as partners in this collaboration was pretty simple. Bat biologists have a long history of studying bats in mines and caves, but they have struggled to understand bats that are using cracks and crevices. What group better understands rock cracks and crevices than rock climbers? When we tell people about the Climbers for Bat Conservation collaboration we typically get a "that's cool" expression, followed shortly by a "duh" expression of understanding. We couldn't be happier about partnering with climbers because few user groups have the appreciation for the unique, ecological, and scenic value of the resource they use like climbers do. Thank you to all the climbers who have participated in the project and submitted data.