AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: USING INFRA-RED TECHNOLOGY TO PROACTIVELY MANAGE A BAT ROOST.
Jason A. Williams; Nevada Department of Wildlife; 1218 N. Alpha Street, Ely, NV, 89301; 775-289-1655, x23; jasonw@ndow.org; Joel Thompson, Rene Braud
Advances in technology allow improved management of species which historically have been challenging to study, and can allow researchers and managers more insight into behavior. We installed an infra-red beam-break system on a Mexican free-tailed bat seasonal roost in central Nevada to monitor roost activity. The system runs continuously and passively, and provides data on a daily basis to managers via cellular connection, thus requiring minimal field maintenance. While this beam-break system and the data it provides are instrumental to a nearby commercial wind production facility, the use of this technology has broader implications. Insight into changes in activity patterns across different scales, from hourly to spanning multiple years, may be examined; and variables, such as weather, which can affect activity patterns, may be investigated.
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