Neda Mine (279/681)

Neda Mine is an abandoned iron ore mine, the collapsed tunnels and shafts of which, now serve as bat habitat.  Located in Dodge County, the location of Neda Mine will not be disclosed here as it is a sensitive site and not open to the public.

I was fortunate to visit this site as part of a field trip.  Though we did not enter the mine, we were able to see the bats up closed as several were collected from mist nets and then examined for health issues.  An amazing experience was had as we sat quietly outside the mine entrances and thousands upon thousands of bats flitted about the moonlit night.  On this night, the specter of white-nose syndrome and its terrible effects on bats was temporarily forgotten.  Its inexorable march, however, did continue and has forced the cancellation of this trip in recent years.  Here is to hoping that the bat populations in Wisconsin are able to whether this proverbial storm and continue their nightime adventures.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Neda Mine can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 144
County Dodge
Natural Communities / Geology Cave
Size (Acres) n/a
Parking n/a
Trails n/a
Easy to Find No
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership UW Board of Regents
Located Within

n/a

Dates Visited 8.31.12

Dodge
Dodge County
Location not disclosed
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