In Search of Bats!
Aiden Cherniske ‘23 is spending his summer working on a Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) Project, which is part of the University of Connecticut's Natural Resources Conservation Academy. Aiden's community partner is Science Department Chair Laurie Doss, who is also a board member of the Kent Land Trust. The duo have been roaming the Northwest Corner of Connecticut at night in search of bats!
The goal of Aiden’s CTP project is to raise awareness about the importance of bats in our community. He and Ms. Doss are surveying bat species found in different habitats and elevations within the town of Kent and on Kent Land Trust Property. Six locations are being visited every two weeks, where bat species are recorded using a Wildlife Acoustics Echo Meter Touch 2 PRO Handheld Bat Detector. This professional model bat detector was generously donated by Lori Pelech '10 and her life partner Maya Leiva for Marvelwood students to expand their ability to study science in the field. We are very grateful to Lori and Maya for their continued support of the sciences! Aiden and Ms. Doss are also surveying bats for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Aiden will present his project in March at the annual Natural Resources Conservation Academy Conference at UConn.