Bats in Forests
Conservation and ManagementBook - 2007
Despite their declining numbers and increasing appreciation for their role in conservation, bats still rank among the most misunderstood animals. Lacki (forestry, U. of Kentucky), in collaboration with a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State U. and biologist at Eastern Michigan U., introduces the species and behavior of tree-roosting bats in North American forests. In this synthesis of information from scattered sources, contributors to 11 chapters review what has been discovered and what remains to be learned about these populations and the impact of forest management practices on them. Illustrations include a computer simulation model's habitat sustainability index. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
Although bats are often thought of as cave dwellers, many species depend on forests for all or part of the year. Of the 45 species of bats in North America, more than half depend on forests, using the bark of trees, tree cavities, or canopy foliage as roosting sites. Over the past two decades it has become increasingly clear that bat conservation and management are strongly linked to the health of forests within their range.
Initially driven by concern for endangered species—the Indiana bat, for example—forest ecologists, timber managers, government agencies, and conservation organizations have been altering management plans and silvicultural practices to better accommodate bat species. Bats in Forests presents the work of a variety of experts who address many aspects of the ecology and conservation of bats. The chapter authors describe bat behavior, including the selection of roosts, foraging patterns, and seasonal migration as they relate to forests. They also discuss forest management and its influence on bat habitat. Both public lands and privately owned forests are considered, as well as techniques for monitoring bat populations and activity.
The important role bats play in the ecology of forests—from control of insects to nutrient recycling—is revealed by a number of authors. Bat ecologists, bat conservationists, forest ecologists, and forest managers will find in this book an indispensable synthesis of the topics that concern them.