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Grassland bats and land management in the SouthwestAuthor(s): Alice L. Chung-MacCoubrey
Source: In: Finch, Deborah M., Editor. Ecosystem disturbance and wildlife conservation in western grasslands - A symposium proceedings. September 22-26, 1994; Albuquerque, NM. General Technical Report RM-GTR-285. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 54-63.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionOf the bat research that has been conducted in the Southwestern states, few studies have addressed species inhabiting grasslands and the potential effects of management activities on these populations. Up to 17 bat species may be found regularly or occasionally in Southwestern grasslands or short-grass prairie. Main habitat requirements of grassland-dwelling bats are suitable roosts, water, and food. Livestock grazing, fire suppression, mining, bridge construction, agriculture, and urbanization affect the quality, quantity, and distribution of these resources. Effects of activities may not always be negative. Management activities and the natural distribution of roost, water, and food resources ultimately influence the distribution, abundance, and species composition of bats in grasslands. Research is needed to further identify resource requirements and use by grassland-dwelling bats and to confirm specific effects of human activities on local populations.
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CitationChung-MacCoubrey, Alice L. 1996. Grassland bats and land management in the Southwest. In: Finch, Deborah M., Editor. Ecosystem disturbance and wildlife conservation in western grasslands - A symposium proceedings. September 22-26, 1994; Albuquerque, NM. General Technical Report RM-GTR-285. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 54-63.
Keywordsriparian ecosystems, human dimensions, hydrology, ecology, history, restoration
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