Endangered – Federal
Endangered – State of NY
The Indiana bat typically hibernates in caves/mines in the winter and roosts under bark or in tree crevices in the spring, summer and fall. Suitable potential summer roosting habitat is characterized by trees (dead, dying, or alive) or snags with exfoliating or defoliating bark, or containing cracks or crevices that could potentially be used by Indiana bats as a roost.
See the Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidance for more information.
The most significant threat facing Indiana bat populations today is white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease. Other major rangewide threats to the Indiana bat include habitat loss/degradation, forest fragmentation, winter disturbance, and environmental contaminants. In addition to these threats, collisions with man-made objects and climate change are increasingly being identified as significant threats to the future recovery of the Indiana bat.
Range information is available on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) species profile.
Please use the Service's Information for Planning and Conservation (IPaC) system (http://ecos.fws.gov/ipac) to determine if any federally-listed, proposed, or candidate species may be present in a particular area. Note that migrating Indiana bats may occur throughout other portions of New York State.
Draft Recovery Plan (2007)
The New York Field Office is participating in many actions associated with the WNS investigation. Some of these actions directly involve Indiana bats and others involve other bat species.
We assist the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) with counts of hibernating bats every other winter.
We assist the U.S. Army with their investigation of WNS transmission and impacts to little brown bats.
Examples of Actions that May Affect This Species
Impacts to hibernation sites.
- Filling or digging into sinkholes/cave openings/mine openings.
Impacts to summer habitat.
- Removing suitable roosting and/or foraging forest habitat.
Impacts to the bats.
- Cutting trees while bats are in them.
- Entering hibernation sites in winter.
- Conducting work near hibernation sites that causes vibrations and loud noises.
- Conducting prescribed burns in areas with bats present.
Protocols/Best Management Practices
What to Do if this Species Occurs on your Property or Project Site
Follow instructions on our Project Reviews page.
Copenhagen Wind HCP
Federal Register Notice of Initial Scoping
Maps: Regional Project Location (pdf) and Project Area (pdf)
Project Planning Area (pdf)
Project Location (pdf)
Federal Highway Administration Range-wide Consultation