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.