In his new publication, which will soon be posted to Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources website (http://www.cnr.vt.edu/extension/fiw/wildlife/enhance/enhance.htm), Parkhurst encourages readers to put up bat houses to help monitor bat populations. He hopes his publication will increase bat houses in Virginia and strengthen a national monitoring effort that is being coordinated by Bat Conservation International (http://www.batcon.org/).
While the Virginia Big-Eared bat is not a species that typically would use bat houses, many other bats would. "Virginia's bat bill has increased awareness locally that bats in general need some conservation help," says Parkhurst.
Parkhurst, an associate professor of fisheries and wildlife sciences at Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and the Virginia wildlife Extension specialist, may be reached at 540-231-9283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.