Project Importance

Bats are the second most diverse group of mammala, with over 1,000 species and approximately 45 of those are found in North America. Unfortunately, we are still learning about their basic ecology and roosting requirements. It has long been recognized that some species roost in large numbers within caves and mines, and these populations have been easier to monitor than the others that may not roost in large colonies. Bat biologists would like to study those species and populations that don't roost in large numbers in caves and mines, but finding them is a challenging.

General bat ecology is fascinating and gaining a better understanding of these misunderstood animals would be invaluable for increasing appreciation for and interest in bats. However, there are more poignant reasons for studying the roosting requirements of these bats. Bats in North America have undergone precipitous declines recently because some species are attracted to wind energy sites and a new disease has decimated hibernating bats in eastern U.S. and Canada (for more details see "Threats to Bats" section of the CBC website). 

The Climbers for Bat Conservation Project may be the next step to finding new populations of bats. This alone may help biologists learn more about bat roosting needs, the health and size of bat populations, and roosts that biologists should monitor to understand changes in bat populations.