Georgia wildlife officials seeking bat volunteers

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ATLANTA — Georgia’s wildlife agency is looking for volunteers who are willing to spend some of their nights driving around listening for bats.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says it’s participating in a study to gather long-term data about bats. The effort comes as an illness called white-nose syndrome is spreading through bats as far south as Alabama.

Georgia wildlife officials are trying to find volunteers who will drive set routes with an electronic listening device called an Anabat. It detects the sounds made by the flying mammals and can be used to identify different species.

Ideally, Georgia wildlife officials are looking for people who will agree to drive bat routes for several years. The work has to be done at night since that’s when the animals come out.

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