IU Bloomington junior April McKay led a research project this fall to determine the survival success of brown bats raised in captivity. McKay, who studies environmental science in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, developed the research idea while volunteering with WildCare, Inc., an organization in Bloomington that provides professional care to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
McKay used transmitters and telemetry equipment donated by the Bloomington Fish and Wildlife Services and Western Ecosystems Technology to track bat movements and behaviors for a month. With this information, McKay deduced if the bats were flying, if they were eating, and more. McKay is now working on a thesis paper on the subject which she hopes to present at conferences in the near future.
Read more about April McKay and her research project in Inside IU Bloomington.