Researcher Mary Kay Clark is working to establish the extent to which old-growth forests and abandoned buildings serve as habitats for the eastern big-eared bat, and to learn if populations are declining.
Forty species of bats inhabit the nation. Of these, fifteen species, including the rare eastern big-eared bat, make their homes in the state, and approximately one-third of them are endangered or at risk.
Information related to bat house construction included ideal sites and times of the year to build. Diagrams and a description outlining steps of the construction process were offered to assure regular occupancy by the otherwise picky dwellers.