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During August of 2004, a survey of the bat species in the Uwharrie Mountains and the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge in Western North Carolina was conducted. The state is home to fourteen bat species. They are insect eaters and prefer to be near water in swamps and streams. Like populations in the rest of the country, the state's bat population is declining because of habitat destruction, killing, disturbance of colonies, and pesticides.
High on the side of Chimney Rock Mountain is Bat Cave whose name is derived from the fact that for years this fissure has been a refuge for an innumerable colony of bats.
A bat blitz is defined as â€œa gathering of bat biologists in the woods for the purpose of netting bats, recording bat calls, talking about bats, thinking about bats and dreaming about bats.â€ During August of 2004, a survey of the bat species in the Uwharrie Mountains and the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge in Western North Carolina was conducted. Brownrigg discusses the people who conducted the survey, what they learned, and life after the blitz.