JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation is going a little batty.
Recently, the co-op installed 12 artificial bat habitats in four different locations throughout northern Arkansas, including Randolph County.
The 20 wooden poles are fitted with Branden Bark and bat guano catchers, said Stephen Crain, manager of environmental compliance for AECC, in a Friday news release.
The Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Pocahontas will receive one of the habitats.
The other areas include Kings River Preserve near Berryville, Slippery Hollow Natural Area near Dodd City, and a private property near Blackwell.
"A graduate student from UCA placed acoustic monitors at the project sites to determine if bats are in those areas," Cain said. "So far, the monitors have detected positive results indicating bat population. The student will monitor these sites for the next two years."
AECC worked with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on the projects.