As a keystone species, bats play essential ecosystem roles as predators, pollinators and prey. By studying Yosemite’s bats, scientists learn about environmental conditions that affect habitats and species throughout and beyond the park.

This 2017 grant funded the first steps to create a new “Bat Channel,” designed to share the wonders of Yosemite’s flying mammals with a broad public audience. Park staff installed special data collection equipment at Happy Isles to record, process and share echolocation calls from bats passing nearby. The “Bat Station” includes an interactive touch screen that visitors can use to scroll through sonograms and learn about the park’s 17 bat species. Ultimately, data from the station will be integrated with the Yosemite National Park website.

Your support spurred scientific efforts to study important animals and provide an innovative way for people to connect with park-based research. If you’re not a bat fan (yet), be sure to read our blog post about why you should learn to love these flying mammals.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

Lisa Murphy

Interpretive Specialist

Project Notes

Citizen-science programs excited and inspired participants in the park. Imagine if visitors could tap back into their Yosemite bat experience every night on their home computer or smart phone.