• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California


Bats in the Santa Monica Mountains can be found foraging for insects around water sources such as lakes and streams and find refuge in man-made structures such as buildings and bridges. Out of the 25 species of bats in California, 11 species have been detected within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Bats confirmed in the Santa Monica Mountains
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Western Pipstrelle (Pipistellus hesperus)
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis)
Small footed Myotis (Myotis ciliolabrum)
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
California Myotis (Myotis californicus)
Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus)
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis)
Red Bat (Lasiurus blossevilii)
Hoary Bat (Laisiurus cinerius)
Spotted Bat (Euderma maculatum)

Bats extirpated from the Santa Monica Mountains
California leaf-nosed bat (Macrotus californicus)

Bats likely to be detected in the Santa Monica Mountains*
Townsend's big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)
Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
Western yellow bat (Lasiurus xanthinus)
Fringed Myotis (Myotis thysanodes)
Long-eared Myotis (Myotis evotis)
Long-legged myotis (Myotis volans)
Pocketed free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops femorosaccus)
Big free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops macrotis)
Cave myotis (Myotis velifer)
Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana)
* These bats have not been confirmed in the mountains, but could likely be a rare or vagrant visitor.

For more information on bats:
MEDN Science - Santa Monica Mountains Bat Inventory
Bat Conservation International

Did You Know?

The need for plants used in restoration projects loomed large for many years, but volunteers made it happen.

A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.