What bats are found at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park?
As of 2014, we've identified four different species of bats:
- Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)
- Keen's myotis (Myotis keenii)
- Long-legged myotis (Myotis Volans)
- Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
The little brown bat is the most widespread bat in Alaska. It has been found north of Fairbanks as well as throughout southeast Alaska. Most of the bats that have been captured and recorded were little brown bats. If you are visiting Skagway and would like to see bats, head to Pullen Pond. This calm source of water is a good spot for bats that live in town to find insects.
Finding Keen's myotis marks the farthest north this bat has ever been found (as of 2014). This bat prefers to live in Pacific coastal old-growth forests which are not found in the Skagway area. These bats may be using the habitat differently than in other places. This is also the farthest north in Alaska that the long-legged myotis bat has been found, though it has been found at similar latitudes in Canada.
The calls of the silver-haired bat have been recorded several times in the park, but one has not been captured and definitively identified.