BAT ACOUSTIC MONITORING IN THE SIERRAS AND THE CENTRAL VALLEY.
Joshua S. Reece; CSU Fresno; , Fresno, CA; joshua_reece@csufresno.edu; David Lent, Shelby Moshier, Rachel Morrow, Chrisionna Graves
Bats are among the most species groups of mammals. They are important components of the many ecosystems that they inhabit and they confer valuable ecosystem services to humans. Bat diversity is high in California and within the Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon (SEKI) National Parks. However, systematic inventories of bat species and spatio-temporal patterns of diversity are lacking. These data are particularly important to gather as White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that decimates bat populations throughout eastern North America, has not yet but may spread into California. Throughout the Summer and Fall of 2018, SEKI Park biologists, the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, and researchers and students from CSU Fresno teamed up to conduct an initial survey of bat diversity throughout the park at high and low elevation sites. We surveyed three locations: Wuksachi Lodge, Mineral King, and Potwisha using both acoustic monitoring and mist-net captures. Our goal was to get an initial assessment of bat diversity at these sites and to pair our efforts with the goal of increasing interaction with the public. Public presentations on bat natural history were given to visitors at each site, including live filming of any captured bats, and presentation of acoustic data. Here we present on the results of those surveys.
Poster Session