Establishing Bat Monitoring in the North Coast and Cascades Network of National Parks

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Due to a recent detection in Washington state of white-nose syndrome, a deadly bat fungal disease, the National Park Service is interested in the status and distribution of bats within the North Coast and Cascades Network of parks.

Building on one season of data from Mount Rainier NP, USGS scientists are designing and evaluating bat sampling protocols for Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades NP that are compatible with the North American Bat Monitoring Program, or NABat. They are also developing a protocol to better understand phenology of acoustic detections from low to high elevations. The new study provides baseline occupancy and distribution information and contributes to local, regional, and range-wide knowledge on the status and trends of multiple bat species, including at least two state-listed species of special concern.

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Date published: October 26, 2016
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North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

North American bats face unprecedented threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, white-nose syndrome, wind energy development, and climate change. However, it is difficult to evaluate the impacts of these threats due to a lack of basic information about the distribution and abundance of bats across the continent. Although bat monitoring has long been conducted in individual areas and...

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June 26, 2020

Setting up a bat acoustic monitoring station

White-nose syndrome has been detected in Washington. USGS scientist are helping the NPS design and evaluate bat sampling protocols for their Pacific Northwest parks.