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Use by bats of old-growth redwood hollows on the north coast of CaliforniaAuthor(s): Steven T. Gellman; William J. Zielinski
Source: Journal of Mammalogy 77(1):255-265
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionUse by bats of basal hollows in old-growth redwoods was indexed using the weight of guano collected on water-permeable screens (guano traps) installed inside the trees. Twenty-six trees were systematically selected from a stand that flanks both sides of an interstate highway in Del Norte Co., California. Traps were checked for guano once a month for 18 months. The quantity of guano collected each month and that every tree was used suggests that the trees served either as day roosts by small numbers of bats or as temporary night roosts. Although bats could not be identified on the basis of characteristics of guano, three fecal morphotypes were identified. Guano was found in all 26 trees during most of the sample periods; the greatest deposition occurred May through August. Surprisingly, there was a substantial amount of fresh guano collected from most trees during winter months. When all trees were considered, weight of guano was not significantly related to diameter at breast height (dbh) of the tree during summer, winter, or annually, but was related to the internal volume of the hollow during summer and annually. Trees closer to perennial streams had greater weight of guano, but only during summer. The most frequently used trees had greater hollow volumes, greater diameters, and were closer to water than the least-frequently used trees.
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CitationGellman, Steven T.; Zielinski, William J. 1996. Use by bats of old-growth redwood hollows on the north coast of California. Journal of Mammalogy 77(1):255-265
KeywordsBats, roosting, tree cavity, redwood
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- Identifying the species of bats roosting in redwood basal hollows using genetic methods
- Status of natural resources in Redwood Creek basin, Redwood National Park
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