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A description of roost trees used by Indiana bats on a mitigation site near Plainfield, Indiana.
Presented by Mr. Joseph PETTIT on 15 May 2013 from 18:00 to 21:00
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster Session + Reception
Board #: 31
With the goal of better managing land used by the Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis), we study both tree-level and stand-level characteristics on a mitigation property in Plainfield, Indiana. In this study we explore factors in the life of trees that might affect their quality as a roosting site (e.g. time since mortality, season of mortality, and type of mortality event such as senescence or disturbance). These observations are compared within and among species where sample size allows. We also investigate the time limit that a tree is seen by bats as roost habitat because of environmental factors such as gap phase dynamics and the time a tree stands dead. Finally we explore the characteristics of a tree that differ significantly when comparing trees that are frequently used by bats for multiple years and the trees that are used by few bats infrequently.