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Upper Columbia Basin Network (UCBN)

Bat Monitoring

Myotis long-eared bats at City of Rocks NR
Myotis long-eared bats at City of Rocks NR

Bat Monitoring Resource Briefs

Bat Inventory Reports

Bat Monitoring Reports

Bat Monitoring Protocol & Procedures

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For more information contact: Tom Rodhouse

Parks to Be Monitored

Video: Bat and Cave Management at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve



Importance / Issues

  • Bats are continually recognized as important components of regional mammalian diversity, are crucial providers of important ecosystem services, and have an uncertain conservation status.
  • Emerging threats, including westward advance of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, and the rapidly expanding number of wind energy turbines, which kill many bats in some areas of the country, are severe and may contribute to steep declines in bat populations.
  • Bats exhibit high fidelity to foraging and roosting sites and extreme longevity, making them well-suited fauna for long-term monitoring (Fenton 2003).
  • Changes in bat species presence and activity patterns at lava tube caves in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve will serve as good indicators of environmental change and will help guide park cave management decisions.
  • Visitor use in lava tube caves may lead to the inadvertent introduction of the fungus, Geomyces destructans, that causes white-nose syndrome, and monitoring of bat use in caves will help in the surveillance and early detection of the disease in the region.

Monitoring Objectives

  • Estimate status and trend of bat use in safely accessible lava tube caves in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve during winter hibernation.

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