Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Carolina Project

Modeling Bat Habitat Use Across Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BISO): Potential Effects of Prescribed Fire

January 2014 - May 2016


Participating Agencies

  • NRPP

We will study year-round bat activity on BISO and relate species presence and activity to environmental conditions such as temperature and rainfall, forest type, forest structure, and management history. Seven prescribed fires have been conducted since 2005 and these sites will be sampled as will a number of unburned sites. We will use these data to model the potential effects of BISO’s fire management plan on habitat suitability for various bat species inhabiting the park.

Presentations Presentation Date
Burns, L., S. Loeb, P.G.R. Jodice. 2015. Winter activity patterns of bats on the Cumberland Plateau. North American Bat Research Symposium, Monterey, California. October 2015
Burns, L.*, S. Loeb, W. Bridges, P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Influence of prescribed fire on bat activity in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. North American Society for Bat Rsearch, Albany, New York. October 2014
Burns, L.*, S.C. Loeb, W.C. Bridges, P.G.R. Jodice. 2016. Following the flames? Bat Occupancy in Cumberland Plateau Forests Managed by Fire. North American Society for Bat Research, San Antonio, Texas. October 2016
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Burns, L. 2016. Seasonal Habitat Use and Activity of Bats in Relation to Prescribed Fire and Environmental Conditions. MS Thesis, Clemson University. December 2016