Strategic Bat Conservation and Recovery in Nebraska and Wyoming
February 2019 - January 2022
- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
There are mounting concerns for North American bats due to continuing and emerging threats from disease, habitat loss, fragmentation and wind turbines. In anticipation that threats are likely to increase in severity, there is an opportunity to improve the resiliency of summer habitat, to learn how changes affect local bat populations, and to establish regional monitoring that will Inform local decisions and national actions. This project is a collaboration of researchers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and state and federal natural resource managers throughout the Midwest USA. This project will result in more strategic bat conservation across Wyoming and Nebraska by monitoring bat populations and by providing decision makers with decision-support tools and a conservation plan. Ultimately, managing fish, wildlife and their habitats for the enjoyment of current and future generations is the underlying foundation of this project.