The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has been working with ASU computer science students on a capstone project directed at monitoring bat populations in Arizona. 

Since June, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve has worked with the students to apply software that automates the emergence counts of bats from a gated mine in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

According to its website, counting the number of bats that leave and enter provides “valuable information about bat activity at this site,” and the software helps “automate the counting process to increase accuracy and free up volunteer time.”

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