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Bat workshop Nov. 16 in D-F

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MIFW) and the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be holding a workshop on Maine bats Thursday, Nov. 16. The workshop will be led by Cory Mosby, biologist for Maine IFW, and Sarah Boyden, biologist for MDOT, and will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church at 824 West Main Street.

Mosby serves as the furbearer and small mammal biologist for Maine IFW. His work focuses on the management of harvested fur-bearing species as well as research and management of rare small mammal species such as the northern long-eared, eastern small-footed, and little brown bat(s). Having worked as a forester before going into wildlife work, he is particularly interested in the interaction between forest and wildlife management.

Boyden’s current work focuses on minimizing impacts of transportation projects on threatened and endangered fish and wildlife species. Her experience includes extensive experience conducting acoustic, mist netting and telemetry surveys for bats throughout the northeast.

The presentation will include the natural history of Maine’s bats, causes of decline and disease outbreak, state and federal laws, as well as conservation measures for bats and forestry Best Management Practices. This program will also provide information to woodland owners, foresters, loggers and anyone else interested in Maine’s bats, regarding the recent listing of the northern long-eared bat as a federally threatened species.

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control has approved this workshop for one recertification credit. The Society of American Foresters has assigned 1.0 category 1 CFE credits.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, Nov. 13. Please contact Joanna Tarrazi or Lynn Lubas at the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District at the Pine Crest Business Park, 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover Foxcroft, info@piscataquisswcd.org, or by calling 564-2321 extension 3 for more information about the workshop and to register.

For more information about the northern long-eared bat go to http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/index.html.

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