A plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

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Abstract

The purpose of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) is to create a continent-wide program to monitor bats at local to rangewide scales that will provide reliable data to promote effective conservation decisionmaking and the long-term viability of bat populations across the continent. This is an international, multiagency program. Four approaches will be used to gather monitoring data to assess changes in bat distributions and abundances: winter hibernaculum counts, maternity colony counts, mobile acoustic surveys along road transects, and acoustic surveys at stationary points. These monitoring approaches are described along with methods for identifying species recorded by acoustic detectors. Other chapters describe the sampling design, the database management system (Bat Population Database), and statistical approaches that can be used to analyze data collected through this program.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title A plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)
Series number SRS-208
Subseries General Technical Report
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 112 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N