If you're in the New Paltz area, there's an interesting free lecture Thursday night, February 25 on the SUNY New Paltz campus (Lecture Center 100) at 7:00 pm. "Bats on the Wane" by Carl Herzog, a wildlife biologist with the NYSDEC.
If you don't know, bats have been dying off in record numbers locally (and throughout the northeast) from a fungal disease known as White Nose Syndrome (WNS). Bat hibernacula in the local Rosendale cement mines have been especially hard hit.
I plan to attend (weather permitting). More information is available on the Mohonk Preserve website.