Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) are long-standing NABat partners who continue to gather and apply NABat survey data to advance their research. Since 2015, the UNCG Bat and Mouse Lab has been establishing a collaborative network to implement NABat surveys in North Carolina. Funded by USFWS and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, this network connects federal, tribal, state, and local governments, universities, private organizations, citizen scientists, and industry and generates baseline bat inventory data in a consistent way. Through this network, researchers at UNCG have helped multiple partners establish local bat monitoring projects and guided local bat capture and roost survey efforts.
The widespread NABat survey data informs scientists and managers about which bat species are present across the state. Having access to this knowledge allows partners to assess local biodiversity, document population locations and monitor endangered species in the area. The broad spatial scale baseline status of bat distribution and activity from the survey data gives scientists a different ecological perspective, thus allowing more meaningful research questions to be asked.