- ON THE COVER
- Bass Family Invest in a New Era of Bat Conservation
- Bats and OLD-GROWTH FORESTS: Are Both Vanishing?
- The Southeastern Bat: Another Cave-roosting Species in Peril
- Protecting the Bats of Devil’s Den
- Bats and Human Hair
- The James River Bat Cave
- BCI Needs Your Ideas
- BCI Moves to New Office
- Employment Opportunities at BCI
- New Children’s Video
- WISH LIST
- In The Pink
Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) are mostly known from their winter hibernation roosts in caves and mines. Until recently biologists only speculated on where they went in summer. Studies now indicate that in summer these endangered bats roost and rear their young under loose bark or in tree hollows, often returning to the same tree year after year. As is true for many bats that use forests, mature trees are favored (story, page 4), both because they provide roost sites and also because Indiana bats often forage around the crowns of large trees. Despite protection, Indiana bats continue to decline in several parts of their range, though some populations in protected caves and mines are now stable or increasing in size. They were one of the first bat species in the United States to be recognized as endangered.
Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle