Grapevine Parks and Recreation is partnering with Texas Christian University, Grapevine High School, and Colleyville Heritage High School to monitor bat populations at Parr Park in Grapevine as part of a long-term study of bats in Texas. A team of teachers, students, and community members walk the park at dusk weekly from March to November, collecting data using ultrasonic detectors that make bat noises audible to human ears.
Why monitor bats? Bats are amazing animals that pollinate plants, disperse seeds and eat vast amounts of insects, including mosquitoes that can spread West Nile and other diseases. North American bats are also seriously threatened by land-use change and a fatal disease called white-nose syndrome.
By participating in this research study, students are helping to raise awareness about the importance of bats in our ecosystem and better understand and monitor bat populations in our area.
For more information about the TCU Bat Research, click here.