Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd Fox
November 10, 2008
Jamie Uts (CQ) getting the ropes ready outside the tunnel, so the netting can be put in place for the traps. The UM Appalachian Lab is studying a large bat hibernaculum discovered in the abandoned Indigo Tunnel. Each week they trap, examine and release bats entering or leaving the tunnel, and try to locate radio-tagged bats in the area. Two objectives: to monitor bats (some endangered species) for signs of white-nose syndrome, and to document the population in the tunnel, which has been designated for a bike trail extension. Bats could block those plans.