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Apakwaanaajiinh are a valuable, unique, and captivating group of mammals. Bats eat large quantities of insects, pollinate, disperse seeds, and their guano is highly nutritious to plantlife. Their true flight capabilities and their fascinating echo location system set them apart from all other mammals. 

Unfortunately, species of apakwaanaajiinh in northern Wisconsin have been declining due to a number of reasons, including the deadly White Nose Syndrome (WNS) that has caused millions of bat deaths. Apakwaanaajiinh conservation is one of the Wildlife Program's many goals. 

 

 

 

Bat Surveys

- How they work

- What we do with the information

 

 

Get Involved!

We invite you to learn more about bats and safely engage with them in educational spaces, like the Annual Bat Festival that rotates around cities in Wisconsin, or the annual Bat Awareness Week, which takes place during the last week of October. 

Building a bat house to intall in your backyard is a great project for those who want to get involved. Check out the WDNR's Guide to Building a Bat House (PDF).  If you live on the Reservation, contact the BRNRD Wildlife Program and see about joining the bat house monitoring program and have them install a bat house in your yard! 

 

Bats in Your Home 

Learn more about White Nose Syndrome