Acoustic Bat Monitoring in Alaska


You can help us monitor Southeast Alaska's bat populations by driving an established survey route (transect) with a bat detector and an ultrasonic microphone mounted on the roof of your car. Driving transects have been used for many years to monitor bats in parts of the East and Midwest and have been important for detecting population declines in bat species affected by white nose syndrome. They cover a much larger area than a stationary detector, providing important information on species presence and distribution, as well as habitat use.


There are currently driving survey programs in several communities in Alaska: Cordova, Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Juneau, and Sitka.



Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Get Involved

Accepting Participants

This project is ongoing. To learn more, send a message to

Participant Tasks

Participants must have a vehicle and the ability to stay up late the summer months.

At the site, the participant will drive 20 mph after sunset on a 30 mile route (45 minutes). A speaker will be attached to the roof and a bat detector placed in the car so the participant can listen to bat calls as they happen. Participants will fill out a data sheet with weather observations (temperature, cloud cover, wind).

Other Contacts

Below are contacts for this project across the state of Alaska.

Charlotte Westing
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
401 Railroad Avenue
Cordova, AK
(907) 424-3216

Zephyr Sincerny
Education and Cultural Coordinator
Haines Borough Public Library
111 3rd Ave
Haines, AK 99827
(907) 766-3830

Pete Schneider
U.S. Forest Service
(907) 789-6639
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
(907) 789-0097

Ben Limle
U.S. Forest Service
(907) 228-4139

Chris Weiss
Petersburg Public Library
14 S. Seconds Street
Petersburg, AK 99833

Janet Clarke
Sitka Sound Science Center
834 Lincoln Street, Suite 200
Sitka, Alaska 99835

Corree Delabrue, US Forest Service
District Interpreter
Tongass NF, Wrangell RD
525 Bennett St.
Wrangell, AK 99929


Related Links

Read the Story:

Monitoring Alaskan Bats in the Tongass National Forest

Learn more about this project:

Alaska Department of Fish & Game


Tongass National Forest