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North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) Predicted Northern Long-Eared Bat Occupancy Probabilities

May 16, 2024

These data contain the results from the North American Bat Monitoring Program's (NABat) species distribution model (SDM) for the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). The provided tabular data includes predictions (with upper and lower confidence intervals) for northern long-eared bat occupancy probabilities (which represent the probability of presence) based on data from the entire summer season (May 1-August 31), averaged from 2017-2022, in each NABat grid cell (5km x 5km scale) across the range of the species. Specifically, predictions represent occupancy probabilities in the pre-volancy season in the summer (May 1–July 15), i.e., the period of time before juveniles can fly and become detectable by capture and/or acoustic surveys. Predictions were produced using an analytical pipeline supported by web-based infrastructure, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, and an SDM framework which integrated stationary acoustic and live-capture data to model the recent summer distribution of the species while accounting for imperfect detection and species misclassification. A tabular file is included detailing the average occupancy probability predictions (from 2017-2022) of each 5 km x 5 km grid cell in the species range, including means, standard deviations, and the 95% Bayesian credible intervals. These data can be cross-referenced to the NABat CONUS 5km master sample for analytical or visualization purposes. We also provide a text file containing the JAGS model used to estimate these occupancy probabilities for reference.

Publication Year 2024
Title North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) Predicted Northern Long-Eared Bat Occupancy Probabilities
DOI 10.5066/P1BE5QTK
Authors Amy K Wray, Helen T Davis, Bradley J Udell, Teresa F Bohner, Rich D Inman, Bennett T. Lohre, Haley (Contractor) B Price, Jonathan Reichard, Andrea N Schuhmann, Bethany R Straw, Frank C. Tousley, Jill Utrup, Brian E Reichert
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center