Case Study 4: NABat acoustic monitoring allows inferences about bat populations at multiple scales

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North American bats face unprecedented risks from continuing and emerging threats including white-nose syndrome, wind energy development, and habitat loss. Many species of bats are thought to be recently experiencing unparalleled population declines unlike any previously observed (O’Shea et al. 2016). The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) was conceived to better understand the true ecological consequences of these large-scale population reductions (Loeb et al. 2015). NABat aims is to improve the state of conservation science for the 47 species of bats shared by Canada, United States, and Mexico. To meet this objective, NABat offers standardize protocols and a unifying sample design facilitating a multi-agency, multinational, collaborative monitoring effort. A key element of NABat is cross-boundary partner coordination and sharing of limited resources for the collection of bat echolocation data. Here we provide three compelling examples of how NABat provides a convenient framework for using acoustic data to assess the potential impacts of current and future threats to North American bats across multiple spatial scales.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Case Study 4: NABat acoustic monitoring allows inferences about bat populations at multiple scales
Edition 2nd Edition
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Bat Conservation International
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Bat echolocation research: A handbook for planning and conducting acoustic studies
First page 93
Last page 97
Country United States
State Oregon
Other Geospatial Crater Lake National Park
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