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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Monday, October 22 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Poster: Habitat Preferences and Temporal Distribution of Forest Dwelling Bats in Northeastern Oklahoma

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AUTHORS: Rusty Robison, Northeastern State University, Graduate Student; Dr. Michael Shaughnessy, Northeastern State University, Professor

ABSTRACT: Bats play important roles as aerial insect predators in the terrestrial ecosystems of northeastern Oklahoma. The bat community of northeastern Oklahoma is comprised of at least 10 species of vespertillionid bats, two of which are listed as threatened or endangered and one that is a species of conservation concern. The hibernation and overwintering requirements of cave-dwelling bats have been the subject of intense research. Less well known, however, are the foraging habitat requirements of these species along with information on habitat use and resource partitioning among competing species. We propose to better define the foraging habitats and vegetative associations of northeastern Oklahoma vespertillionid bats. We also intend to identify and model temporal and spatial patterns of habitat use among these species. Bat species will be acoustically sampled using passive monitoring equipment. Acoustic call data are identified to species, compiled according to habitat and modeled using satellite remotely sensed vegetation data. This research more accurately identifies the critical foraging habitats of bat species in northeastern Oklahoma. We expect to be able to better define patterns in temporal habitat use and provide more complete information regarding the spatial habitat associations of Oklahoma vespertillionid bats. The purpose of this research is to better define the foraging habitats and vegetative associations of Oklahoma vespertillionid bats. We hope to also be able to identify any seasonal shifts in habitat preferences of these bat species as well as model habitat preferences with remotely sensed vegetation data.

Monday October 22, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bon Secour Bay Ballroom & 2nd Level Foyer

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