SEASONAL PATTERNS IN BAT ACTIVITY AT LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT.
Janette Perez-Jimenez; National Park Service; 1 Indian Well Headquarters, Tulelake, CA, 96134; (510) 460-2821; janette.perezj@gmail.com; Katrina Smith
Home to 14 bat species, Lava Beds National Monument is committed to monitoring bat activity using a variety of methods. Historically, park staff have spent time monitored maternity colonies of three species in caves, but management response to threats such as disease and human disturbance requires baseline information for all species in all seasons. Here, we share results from summer and winter acoustic monitoring efforts that begin to document species presence and activity within the monument on a seasonal basis. We also examine the relationship between environmental covariates and bat species composition and activity levels. This study supports a broader effort to document seasonal activity trends to inform management actions such as white-nose syndrome surveillance, public outreach, and habitat protection.
Poster Session