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Bats in Forests: Conservation and Management

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Although bats are often thought of as cave dwellers, many species depend on forests for all or part of the year. Of the 45 species of bats in North America, more than half depend on forests, using the bark of trees, tree cavities, or canopy foliage as roosting sites. Over the past two decades it has become increasingly clear that bat conservation and management are strongly linked to the health of forests within their range.

Initially driven by concern for endangered species—the...

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Overview

Although bats are often thought of as cave dwellers, many species depend on forests for all or part of the year. Of the 45 species of bats in North America, more than half depend on forests, using the bark of trees, tree cavities, or canopy foliage as roosting sites. Over the past two decades it has become increasingly clear that bat conservation and management are strongly linked to the health of forests within their range.

Initially driven by concern for endangered species—the Indiana bat, for example—forest ecologists, timber managers, government agencies, and conservation organizations have been altering management plans and silvicultural practices to better accommodate bat species. Bats in Forests presents the work of a variety of experts who address many aspects of the ecology and conservation of bats. The chapter authors describe bat behavior, including the selection of roosts, foraging patterns, and seasonal migration as they relate to forests. They also discuss forest management and its influence on bat habitat. Both public lands and privately owned forests are considered, as well as techniques for monitoring bat populations and activity.

The important role bats play in the ecology of forests—from control of insects to nutrient recycling—is revealed by a number of authors. Bat ecologists, bat conservationists, forest ecologists, and forest managers will find in this book an indispensable synthesis of the topics that concern them.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Bat Research News
Fills important gaps in the scope of the earlier symposium... comprehensively reviews the issues and research tools currently available for addressing bat-forest issues anywhere in North America.

— Elizabeth Pierson

Northeastern Naturalist
This volume will be valuable for land and forest managers as well as researchers and students concerned with the 27 bat species that inhabit the forests of North America.

— C.R.

Quarterly Review of Biology
I highly recommend this volume to anyone who is interested in bats. Professionals working with bats... will find the volume very useful, from the extensive citations to literature to thoughtful advice from experienced authors.

— M.B. Fenton

Midwest Book Review

A good pick for any college-level library strong in natural history and conservation issues.

Choice

This well-referenced work will be of value to readers interested in bat biology, ecology, conservation, forestry, and land management.

Quarterly Review of Biology - M.B. Fenton

I highly recommend this volume to anyone who is interested in bats. Professionals working with bats... will find the volume very useful, from the extensive citations to literature to thoughtful advice from experienced authors.

Bat Research News - Elizabeth Pierson

Fills important gaps in the scope of the earlier symposium... comprehensively reviews the issues and research tools currently available for addressing bat-forest issues anywhere in North America.

Northeastern Naturalist - C.R.

This volume will be valuable for land and forest managers as well as researchers and students concerned with the 27 bat species that inhabit the forests of North America.

Choice

This well-referenced work will be of value to readers interested in bat biology, ecology, conservation, forestry, and land management.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801884993
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Lacki is a professor of forestry at the University of Kentucky. John P. Hayes is a professor and chair of wildlife ecology and conservation at the University of Florida. Allen Kurta is a professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Merlin D. Tuttle     ix
Preface     xi
Contributors     xv
Bats in Forests: What we Know and What we Need to Learn   R. Mark Brigham     1
Ecology and Behavior of Bats Roosting in Tree Cavities and Under Bark   Robert M. R. Barclay   Allen Kurta     17
Behavior and Day-Roosting Ecology of North American Foliage-Roosting Bats   Timothy C. Carter   Jennifer M. Menzel     61
Foraging Ecology of Bats in Forests   Michael J. Lacki   Sybill K. Amelon   Michael D. Baker     83
Importance of Night Roosts to the Ecology of Bats   Patricia C. Ormsbee   James D. Kiser   Stuart I. Perlmeter     129
Migration and Use of Autumn, Winter, and Spring Roosts by Tree Bats   Paul M. Cryan   Jacques P. Veilleux     153
Silvicultural Practices and Management of Habitat for Bats   James M. Guldin   William H. Emmingham   S. Andrew Carter   David A. Saugey     177
The Influences of Forest Management on Bats in North America   John P. Hayes   Susan C. Loeb     207
Ecological Considerations for Landscape-Level Management of Bats   Joseph E. Duchamp   Edward B. Arnett   Michael A. Larson   Robert K. Swihart     237
Assessing Population Status of Bats in Forests: Challenges and Opportunities   Theodore J. Weller     263
Planning for Bats on Forest Industry Lands in North America   T. Bently Wigley   Darren A. Miller   Greg K. Yarrow     293
Author Index     319
Species Index     325
Subject Index     327
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