Cayman’s bats are a wonderful sight to behold in the early evening, flitting about in the sunset; however, more knowledge is needed as to their location and numbers. So, in order to help track Cayman’s bat population, the Department of Environment are asking people to download their specially designed app that will make the process a great deal quicker, more accurate and more straightforward. In that way, the DoE can compile vital data on these fascinating animals.
If you are thinking about helping the DoE with counting Cayman’s bat population, then there are a few techniques to be used to ensure a good tally is obtained. In order to report emergence counts from bat houses, it is best to start the survey 15 minutes before sunset takes place. Note your start time and, for a good tally, make sure the weather is relatively still and isn’t raining or too windy. Start the tally when the first bat emerges. Try not to double count any bats that emerge and then go back into the house, as may be the case. Finish the survey when no new bats emerge or there is no visibility. Note the finish time and final bat count. And of course, you must leave the site safely.
Register for ‘Bat Count Cayman and join the DoE’s Citizen Science Crew, by emailing DOE@gov.ky .