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1 March 2017 Who Knew? First Myotis sodalis (Indiana Bat) Maternity Colony in the Coastal Plain of Virginia
Michael J. St. Germain, Andrew B. Kniowski, Alexander Silvis, W. Mark Ford
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We report the first confirmed Myotis sodalis (Indiana Bat) maternity colony in Virginia, discovered at Fort A.P. Hill Military Reservation in Caroline County along the Piedmont-Coastal Plain Fall Line. Acoustic surveys conducted in 2014 indicated likely presence of Indiana Bats on the installation. Subsequent focal mist-netting during May–June 2015 resulted in capture of 4 lactating females that we subsequently radio tracked to a maternity colony site containing at least 20 individuals. The core roosting-area was comprised of Pinus taeda (Loblolly Pine) snags with abundant exfoliating bark and high solar exposure. This forest patch was adjacent to a large emergentshrub wetland and within a larger matrix of mature, mid-Atlantic hardwood forests. The site where we found the colony location is 140 km east of the nearest known hibernaculum and is outside of the previously documented extent of this species' occurrence.

Michael J. St. Germain, Andrew B. Kniowski, Alexander Silvis, and W. Mark Ford "Who Knew? First Myotis sodalis (Indiana Bat) Maternity Colony in the Coastal Plain of Virginia," Northeastern Naturalist 24(1), (1 March 2017). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.024.0110
Published: 1 March 2017
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