Ecoblitz Videos

Ecoblitz Video: In Search of the Northern Long-Eared Bat

Ten to 15 years ago when biologists caught and tracked bats in Southern Indiana, for every three bats captured, one was a northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). Now, scientists are lucky to find one or two during a week-long search. In 2019, researchers went looking for northern long-ears. Katelyn Calhoun, an Indianapolis-based documentary filmmaker, and her team at Teardrop Pictures documented what it takes to find these nocturnal creatures.

This is a story that raises awareness of the mass extinction event going on in our state and what that means for Hoosiers.

Calhoun has produced Snag in the Plan, a film documenting the story of IFA’s search for the once common Northern long-eared bat.

Here’s a preview of the film.

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