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Affected Species


Almost all of the bats in the western United States must have pooled water for drinking, especially during drought, high temperatures, and maternity season, with pregnant and nursing individuals needing up to 13 times more water than males and non-reproductive females. Even the most desert-adapted species drink frequently when water's available. The Water for Wildlife program is conserving, restoring, and creating water sources used by more than 75% of the bats species in the United States. Below are six of the more commonly encountered western species.


Townsend’s big-eared bat
long legged myotis
Silver-haired bat
Townsend's big-eared bat
Corynorhinus townsendii
long-legged myotis
Myotis volans
silver-haired bat
Lasionycteris noctivagans
pallid bat
Mexican free-tailed bat
Hoary bat
pallid bat
Antrozous pallidus
Mexican free-tailed bat
Tadarida brasiliensis
hoary bat
Lasiurus cinereus


Photos © Merlin D. Tuttle, BCI

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Last Updated: Monday, 10 December 2012
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