Bats and Pools Survey

You are being invited to participate in a research study designed to gain a better understanding of how bats use swimming pools across North America. This study is being conducted by Zachary Nickerson and Dr. Joy O’Keefe, from the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation in the Department of Biology at Indiana State University. This study is part of an undergraduate research project, and the first phase was funded by the ISU Center for Student Research and Creativity. This survey is being distributed across the United States and Canada, and the targeted respondents are pool owners or those who use or maintain pools on a regular basis.

Most North American bats are small, active at night, and difficult to observe, so we have very little information on how bats interact with their environment. Anecdotal reports suggest bats use swimming pools for drinking, perhaps especially in areas where natural water sources are scarce. If you own, use, or manage a pool on a regular basis, you could provide valuable information regarding bats using swimming pools as water sources. This survey is completely voluntary and is only meant to be taken once per person. Whether or not you observe bats around your pool, your responses are still valuable to us. Please feel free to tell others about this survey as well. The survey will be available from May 15th through December 31st, 2013.

The Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is asking for your help in understanding how bats use swimming pools across North America. To participate in this survey, please click on the link below. Please take a minute to read the informed consent statement, which explains how the results will be gathered and kept. Thank you for your time and participation.

Informed Consent

If you have any questions about the survey, or would like to assist in distributing the survey to people you know, please click here for contact information.


3 thoughts on “Bats and Pools Survey

  1. Reblogged this on Bats-n-Bikes and commented:
    Please take a moment to participate in a research project conducted by Zachary Nickerson and Dr. Joy O’Keefe at Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation. If you use, own or manage a pool please participate in this survey about bats and pools. Even if you have never witness bats at your pool, your response will be valuable to this research project.
    Thank you for taking a moment to participate and allowing all of us to increase our knowledge on bats and their behaviors.

  2. We love our bats. They have swooped to take a drink while we were in the pool before. We have large black bats and the smaller brown bat. Zachary you are more than welcome to come and observe them.

  3. We have recently noticed bats diving to get water in our pool. We have also had to remove a dead baby bat then the next day it was two more babies in it,one was in sleeping position attached to the water inlet on the inside of the pool and one making laps around the pool. It was mud and grass(where we just mowed)all over the tops of the pool(its a metal frame pool), so we got those two out, one flapped off in the grass next door and the other found an area on the wooden fence next door to hide then its probably the one that was once again at the water inlet and we got it out and covered the pool w/the cover so we don’t have bat guano in the pool or more dead babies.

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