Bats

NPS biologist installing a bat recorder in a forest clearing.
Biologist places a bat recorder in a forest clearing.

NPS

Bats nationwide are struggling to survive against the threats posed by climate change, habitat loss, windmill turbines, and a devastating disease called white-nose syndrome (WNS).

Based on published range maps and previous surveys, at least nine species of bats are known or likely to be present in the Great Lakes Network parks:

Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)
Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)
Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis)
Tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)
Evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis)


Bat monitoring in the Great Lakes Network parks is supported by dedicated funds from the National Park Service to address WNS-related issues across the country.

Long-term Monitoring

Full spectrum acoustic detectors capable of recording bats’ ultrasonic calls are set up in the network parks to monitor bat activity, identify what bat species are present, and determine seasonal activity patterns.

Our partners:

North Dakota State University
Northland College

Learn more...

National Park Service Bats page

Briefs provide a one- or two-page overview of the latest findings and what they mean. Monitoring reports are in-depth technical reports that include data analyses and possibly management recommendations.

Briefs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3236. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Monitoring Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3237. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Last updated: April 6, 2018