Indiana bats hibernate during winter in caves or, occasionally, in abandoned mines. During summer they roost under the peeling bark of dead and dying trees.
Credit: Ann Froschauer/USFWS
Indiana bat summer survey guidelines available for public review and comment
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting input on draft guidelines and protocols for determining whether endangered Indiana bats are present or likely absent at a given site during the summer (from May 15 to August 15). Deadline for comments is Feb. 8, 2013.
The draft guidance, which includes habitat assessments, as well as acoustic, mist-net, radio-tracking, and emergence surveys, is intended to standardize survey procedures throughout the range of the Indiana bat, enhance detection and capture of bats, and provide conservation partners, project proponents and the Service with important data for conservation and recovery efforts and regulatory compliance. The Service also seeks comment on proposed criteria for testing the accuracy and suitability of available automated acoustic bat identification software programs and a proposed contingency plan for the 2013 summer survey season.
Published on: Thursday, January 10,2013