Did you miss out on our first bat cave project workday? Here's your chance to get involved! We will be needing folks during the weekday.. so if you're out of school it's the perfect opportunity for you. This is a couple weeks-long project so we don't expect you to be there for the entire duration... Just pick out a day or two that you can assist us. Don't bother with the registration on the www.arwild.org page instead-- Follow this link for the doodle poll and put your name down on what day you want to show up. https://doodle.com/poll/cr3w27zzhwv7qycg?utm_source=poll...
Here's some information.
What: Bat Cave Protection Work-Phase Two!
Where: Devil's Den State Park.
June 3-4 Need FOUR folks for these two days.
June 6th-20 Need Two folks for each day.
Description: This is a joint project between the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, the US. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Arkansas State Parks to help protect colonies of Ozark Big-Eared bats located in caves near Devil's Den State Park.
Ozark Big-Eared bats are endangered..meaning they are at real risk of extinction without our help. Their total population is estimated to be less than 2,000 and found in only a few counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma, so they need all the help we can give them.
These bats are super sensitive to human activity so to minimize disturbances we need some extra hands… especially folks with strong arms and backs to hand-carry steel construction materials to the cave entrances. Once the steel has been moved into place... a specialist metal fabricator, (who has done numerous cave projects) will come in and construct the steel over the cave entrance to protect the bats from intruders and vandals.
Other opportunities to help include...someone to spearhead a refreshment station/cooking hot dogs, directing folks to the worksite, etc. Got some photography skills?... then we can use your help to document this project!
What to bring?: Boots with good ankle support. Long pants are recommended. Gloves, and Repel or Off bug spray. For more info about this project or about the Arkansas Wildlife Federation call Jim Taylor at 479-459-5889.
Have injured or orphaned wildlife? Below is a list of independent VOLUNTEER rehabilitators in your area that may be able to help.
AR Wildlife Rehabilitators
Arkansas Wildlife Federation / P.O. Box 56380 / Little Rock, AR 72215Call: 501-414-2845 or Email: Info@arwild.org Questions about website or membership renewals: 479-459-5889