Foraging Habitat Selection by Ohio Bats: An Examination between Eastern Second Growth Forest, Eastern Old Growth Forest, and Pasture Land
Bats are an ideal group of species to evaluate the effect of land management practices because their nesting and feeding habitats are often different and spatially separate. The presence or absence of bat species may indicate habitat quality. The use of different habitat types by different bat species was detected using echolocation calls. Five bat species were detected in SE Ohio. Myotis lucifugus was found in significantly higher numbers in the areas of Old Growth forest that areas thinning into Pasture habitat (eco-tone). M. lucifugus was also found to have significantly higher counts of feeding buzzes in this habitat type. Eptesicus fuscus was found in significantly higher numbers in the Pasture habitat it was also found to be hunting in significantly high numbers in the Pasture habitat. Lasionycteris noctivagans was found in significantly high numbers in the Old Growth, Eco-tone, and Pasture habitats. L. noctivagans was not significantly found to hunt in any particular habitat type.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:anabat echolocation eastern old growth forest bats
Date of Publication:01/01/2008