The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says people across the state could expect to see bats in the weeks ahead in unusual areas during the daytime.
And officials would like to hear from people who find dead or dying bats or see bats flying in the daytime.
Last winter there was an unusual amount of winter bat activity as a result of a condition called white nose syndrome that afflicted hibernating bats throughout Vermont and other northeast states.
Biologist Scott Darling says the behavior is occurring even earlier than last year.
The bats may leave hibernation in caves and mines in search of food and then seek to escape the cold in buildings and other structures.