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.