Pennsylvania Field Office News
April 1, 2015: Northern Long-Eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) Protected Under Endangered Species Act
Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Species under Endangered Species Act with Interim 4(d) Rule
More species information
4(d) rule explanation
Range-wide Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidelines have been updated for 2015
Healthy Indiana bat
April 3, 2015 In 2011, the USFWS developed a multi-agency team to determine whether improvements could be made to the 2007 Indiana Bat Mist-Net Protocols. The team included members of the four USFWS regions (Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest) where Indiana bats are known to occur, representatives of state natural resource agencies from three of those four regions (Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast), and representatives from three federal agencies (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of Defense, and U.S. Forest Service). We obtained informal peer review of the draft guidelines in February 2012, gathered additional information in 2012, and made a revised version available for public comment in 2013 [78 FR 1879, January 9, 2013, and 78 FR 9409, February 8, 2013]. The USFWS implemented revised guidance in 2014. The USGS conducted independent testing of automated acoustic software programs during the winter of 2014-15 and the USFWS made some additional revisions to the guidelines in 2015.
The objectives of Indiana bat summer survey guidelines are to (1) standardize range-wide survey procedures; (2) maximize the potential for detection/capture of Indiana bats at a minimum acceptable level of effort;(3) make accurate presence/absence determinations; and (4) aid in conservation efforts for the species by identifying areas where the species is present.
2015 Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidelines (PDF)
Agency and industry to develop bat conservation plan at North Allegheny wind facility in Pennsylvania
Public input invited as conservation planning gets underway
Duke Energy Renewables will prepare a habitat conservation plan at its North Allegheny 35-turbine wind facility in Blair and Cambria counties for the long-term conservation of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis), which may be added to the endangered species list. As Duke begins this process, the Service seeks public input from November 18 to December 18, 2014, on issues to consider in developing and evaluating the plan.
Federal Register notice
Tune in to online information webcasts on the northern long-eared bat
Northern long-eared bat
August 14, 2014: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts August 19-21 to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern. People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.
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