Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

October 23, 2023

USGS scientists from FORT with the North American Bat Monitoring Program are working with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to standardize transportation structure assessments, data collection, and submissions regarding bat use and occupancy to the NABat database.

a photo of two groups of small bats huddled along a wooden beam
A group of southeastern myotis bats found roosting in a bridge. Photo by Andrea Schuhmann (USGS).

AFWA Resolution 2023-05-07, “In support of collaboration between state fish and wildlife agencies and departments of transportation to consider the potential impact of transportation structures on bats” was passed in late September 2023. The resolution recognizes that bats are integral members of healthy functioning ecosystems, providing essential services despite mounting threats like habitat loss, climate change, wind energy development and disease.

Transportation structures provide important habitat for bats, including six species listed, proposed, or under Endangered Species Act listing review. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has made $110 billion available to address development, maintenance, and improvements to America’s ageing infrastructure providing greater opportunity for agencies to collaboratively monitor, protect, and manage associated wildlife habitat.

In collaboration with AFWA, USGS scientists have developed a transportation structure assessment protocol and are providing standardized guidance on data collection and submission procedures for data shared with the NABat database. Standardizing these practices informs the effective management and conservation of bat resources and bat populations while helping transportation infrastructure projects avoid significant delays and added costs.

Get Our News

These items are in the RSS feed format (Really Simple Syndication) based on categories such as topics, locations, and more. You can install and RSS reader browser extension, software, or use a third-party service to receive immediate news updates depending on the feed that you have added. If you click the feed links below, they may look strange because they are simply XML code. An RSS reader can easily read this code and push out a notification to you when something new is posted to our site.