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Evaluation of a habitat suitability index model

January 1, 2002

We assisted with development of a model for maternity habitat of the Indiana bat (Myotis soda/is), for use in conducting assessments of projects potentially impacting this endangered species. We started with an existing model, modified that model in a workshop, and evaluated the revised model, using data previously collected by others. Our analyses showed that higher indices of habitat suitability were associated with sites where Indiana bats were present and, thus, the model may be useful for identifying suitable habitat. Utility of the model, however, was based on a single component-density of suitable roost trees. Percentage of landscape in forest did not allow differentiation between sites occupied and not occupied by Indiana bats. Moreover, in spite of a general opinion by participants in the workshop that bodies of water were highly productive feeding areas and that a diversity of feeding habitats was optimal, we found no evidence to support either hypothesis.

Publication Year 2002
Title Evaluation of a habitat suitability index model
Authors A.H. Farmer, B.S. Cade, D.F. Stauffer
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70174794
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center