A comment by Sam Droege
Mike: Can you summarize bat montioring efforts in the SW to date? None? Thanks. Sam Droege firstname.lastname@example.org
Bat Monitoring in the SW: A response
A comment by Mike Bogan
This is a quick response on the inquiry regarding bat monitoring efforts in the Southwest. To date, and to the best of my knowledge, there is no coordinated effort to monitor bat populations in this part of the US. However, in the last few years, there has been a marked increase in efforts at better understanding both the biology and status of bats in the Southwest. As a group, bats present some unique and challenging problems to those wishing to monitor their status. There is increasing concern for the plight of bats and the likelihood that they are declining in numbers. Several states and private organizations are now involved in assessing the status of bats, either locally or on a wider scale. Bat Conservation International (Austin, TX) is a leader in this regard. In addition, a recently organized informal group, Western States Bat Working Group (WSBWG), is beginning to link bat biologists and land managers together and is initiating discussions on status and trends of western bat populations. The WSBWG is organizing a conference to be held in Reno, NV in February 1998. I can supply additional information upon request to my email address (email@example.com). The Midcontinent Ecological Science Center of USGS, BRD, has several ongoing efforts on bats.