Burning And Bats: Fire’s Effect On The Endangered Indiana Bat

The research suggests that risk to bats from prescribed fire can be greatly reduced through a combination of various approaches: (1) using ignition tactics that reduce fireline intensity, (2) choosing appropriate burn season/weather, (3) using ignition tactics that cue bats to arouse from torpor and flush, and (4) ensuring large roost snags (and trees that will become snags) are available. The research team also found that fire improves foraging conditions in the year following fire by increasing prey abundance.

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