Katherine Gividen has always loved bats, so when the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries started looking for volunteers to help monitor bat colonies in the state, she immediately signed up.
“It took a while to get started, but I was persistent,” said Gividen, who really can't explain her infatuation with these creatures, which many liken to flying rats.
Gividen's bat love, and that of other volunteers, is helping the LDWF monitor bat populations to determine shifts in species distribution and how they're faring in numbers due to changes in habitat and the environment. They're also trying to detect white-nose syndrome in bat populations in the state.
Read the full article by Louisiana Master Naturalist Colette Dean in the Advocate...
This article features Katherine Gividen. Katherine is a member of the Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge.