Clemson University Bat Study
From May through August Joy and her assistants work near Franklin, North Carolina. The Appalachian Trail skirts Franklin, passing through the study area. Both the Little Tennessee River and the Cullasaja River run through Franklin. A typical day involves setting out bat detectors, involving a mixture of long and short hikes off of Forest Service roads. Often they use radio telemetry to track a few bats to their roost trees. On about 10-15 nights/month, they mistnet for bats over Forest Service Roads, almost always in dry conditions. They have plenty of breaks because it rains about 50 percent of the time! When they arent working with bats, they often find snakes under tin or on the road. The Southern Apps also host the greatest diversity of salamanders in the world!
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources