Evaluating the status and distributions of bats in WNS-free areas using data from the North American Bat Monitoring Program: acoustic data processing and analysis (RWO122)
August 2019 - December 2021
- U.S. Geological Survey-SSP
The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) was established to provide standardized monitoring protocols and a continental-scale collaborative framework to evaluate the status and distributions of bat species in areas unaffected by white-nose syndrome. This survey is multi-species, and based on detections by stationary and mobile acoustic receivers. An integration of data from each type of receiver is needed, including statistical methods for species occupancy under this integration which account for species identification error, in order to extract maximum information from this monitoring program. This project is a collaboration of USGS-FORT, USGS-NOROCK, NPA, and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. Result from the analysis will be used to refine NABat monitoring in the future, and species distributions from the analysis will be used as a baseline for assessing WNS impacts.