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The Trouble With Bats
By Dorian Fox
We’re driving along the northern curve of Acadia’s Park Loop Road, a mile from the Maine coast, under a canopy of maples and aspens just past peak color—riotous reds and yellows—when the pinging begins. First a faint bleep, bleep. Then louder.
“There,” says Bruce Connery, the park’s wildlife biologist. “You hear it?”
The antenna mounted on the van’s roof has picked up a signal. We’re close. Connery pulls over and a staff member, Chris Heilakka, gets out with a handheld, three-wand antenna and points it toward the hillside, swiveling his wrist. More bleeps. We start up the grade, stumbling over birch logs and lichen-slick stones to reach a bedrock outcropping, a cluster of granite boulders formed by the pressure of ancient glaciers.
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