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Reproduction and seasonal activity of silver-haired bats (Lasionycteris noctivagans) in western Nebraska

Western North American Naturalist

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Abstract

Silver-haired bats (Lasionycteris noctivagans) were thought only to migrate through Nebraska; however, recent surveys in eastern Nebraska report summer records of females and their young. Our study in western Nebraska also shows that silver-haired bats are summer residents. We discovered the 1st reproductively active L. noctivagans in this part of the state. We caught lactating females and volant young in riparian forests along the North Platte River and in forested areas of the Pine Ridge. Previously, adult males were not known from Nebraska in summer, and only 4 records of L. noctivagans were known from western Nebraska during migration. On 28 July we captured an adult male in a coniferous forest of the Wildcat Hills, and we have more than 100 records of migrating individuals. Lastly, an obese L. noctivagans captured on 4 November may represent an individual preparing to hibernate in the state.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Reproduction and seasonal activity of silver-haired bats (Lasionycteris noctivagans) in western Nebraska
Series title:
Western North American Naturalist
Volume:
64
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Publisher:
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Brigham Young University
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
6 p.
First page:
353
Last page:
358