National Park Service

South Florida/Caribbean I&M Network (SFCN)

Bats Monitoring in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Jamaican Fruit-Eating Bat in the U.S. Virgin Islands- Photo credit: Fly By Night, Inc.
Jamaican Fruit-Eating Bat in the U.S. Virgin Islands –Photo credit: Fly By Night, Inc.

Protocol

The SFCN bats monitoring protocol is deferred due to insufficient funding

Resource Briefs, Reports, and Data

There are currently no SFCN resource briefs, reports, or data concerning this monitoring topic.

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Importance/Issues

Six bat species are the only native terrestrial mammals in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Although none are locally endemic, four are listed as "Species of Greatest Concern" in the Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy for the USVI. Their role in local plant pollination and effects on local insects and fish populations are unclear but could be important.

Monitoring Objectives

What are the status and trends in bat species abundance and bat roosting locations including the Red Fruit Bat (Stenoderma rufum) and the Fishing Bat (Noctilio leporinus)?

Approach

Although official monitoring of bats has been deferred due to insufficient funding and staff time, the SFCN has completed a Bat Inventory of all seven of its parks. The final report is currently being worked on and SFCN hopes to have it completed very soon. If Virgin Islands National Park hires staff who can implement this monitoring, SFCN staff can assist in designing an appropriate monitoring protocol.

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