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Home-range Size and Habitat Used by the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis)

American Midland Naturalist

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Abstract

We examined home range size and habitat use of nine female northern myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) within an intensively managed forest in the central Appalachians of West Virginia. Using the 95% adaptive kernel method, we calculated a mean home range of 65 ha. Northern myotis used recent diameter-limit harvests and road corridors more than expected based on availability of these habitats. Intact forest stands and more open deferment harvested stands were used less than expected based on the availability of these habitats, although intact forest stands still constituted the overall majority of habitat used. Partial timber harvests that leave a relatively closed canopy appear to promote or improve northern myotis foraging habitat in heavily forested landscapes. However, the long-term ecological impacts on bats and other biota from this silviculturally unacceptable practice are unclear.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Home-range Size and Habitat Used by the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis)
Series title:
American Midland Naturalist
Volume
150
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
352
Last page:
359
Number of Pages:
8