The results are in….
Bats Use Pools!
Data from the first run of the survey in 2013 indicates that bats are using swimming pools across much of the United States.
From 314 responses, we found that bats were observed at 78% of pools. There was no obvious relationship with summer temperatures, so it seems you are just as apt to see a bat at your pool in Maine as in Arizona. Luckily, we found that bat mortality at pools seems to be much less common. Of those 314 responses, 33 indicated that they’d seen a dead bat in their pool. There may be some relationship between bat mortality and obstructions around pools, but we definitely need to collect more data to make a definitive statement about the effects of obstructions. We are hoping to gather data from at least 700 more pool owners and managers this year. We need your help to reach this goal! Please take the survey at the link below. If you know other pool owners, please feel free to share this link.
If you are interested in learning more about the first year of the study, you can watch Zach giving a talk at the 2014 meeting of the Midwest Bat Working Group. This 15 minute presentation goes into much more detail about the results of our analyses.
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.