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Monitoring: Bats

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Volunteer Bat Monitor Program

Qualifications: * Interest in bat identification, observation and conservation. * Willing to work outdoors at night, with a partner. * Able to observe for several hours at a time, possibly late into the night. * Dependable. All volunteers will need to sign an Acknowledgement of Risk and Release form, submit information for a background check, and follow all OSMP rules and regulations.

Responsibilities: * Use a bat detector to locate areas of bat activity. * Once a site is determined, monitor May - September. * With a partner, perform both visual and auditory counts. * Fill out bat observation record forms promptly.

New participants must commit to a 2 night training in April/May. All volunteers work a minimum of two to three consecutive nights a month during the months of May, June, July, August and September. Volunteers need to arrive at the site an hour before published sunset; observation periods are 2-4 hours long. Monitoring can go late.

Space in the program is limited.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.


Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Debbie Cushman