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Western crevice and cavity-roosting bats

January 1, 2003

Among the 45 species of bats that occur in the United States (U.S.), 34 species regularly occur in western regions of the country. Many of these “western” species choose roost sites in crevices or cavities. Herein we provide an introduction to the biology of bats that roost in cavities and crevices and assess the challenges and opportunities associated with monitoring their populations. We reviewed recent studies and examined the U.S. Geological Survey Bat Population Database (BPD) for records of western bats using crevice and cavity roosts. We found records of 25 species of western bats that use crevice or cavity roosts for at least part of their annual cycle. There were relatively few (n = 92) observations or counts for these species in the BPD, representing only 6% of the observations in the database. This paucity of records likely reflects the difficulty of observing bats in such situations rather than actual use. We found no long-term data adequate for population trend analysis among this group of bats. Since the development of miniaturized radio transmitters, our knowledge about bats that roost in cavities and crevices has increased. Future challenges associated with monitoring these species will include understanding variability in the types of roosts used as well as the roost-switching behavior exhibited by many species.

Publication Year 2003
Title Western crevice and cavity-roosting bats
Authors Michael A. Bogan, Paul M. Cryan, Ernest W. Valdez, Laura E. Ellison, Thomas J. O'Shea
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70181813
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center