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2 December 2014 Concluding Remarks: What Do We Need To Know About Bats in Northwestern North America?
Thomas S Jung, Karen M Blejwas, Cori L Lausen, Joanna M Wilson, Link E Olson
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After being virtually ignored, bats in northwestern Canada and Alaska have recently been subject to increasing attention by scientists, resource managers, and the public. We review recent advances in bat research in the region and identify key priorities for future research, including what we believe is needed to provide a more coordinated approach to filling in these knowledge gaps. Our knowledge of the diversity and distribution of bats has improved considerably as a result of dedicated survey efforts. Scientists have provided a tantalizing glimpse into the natural history and ecology of bats in far northwestern North America and some of the unexpected adaptations they exhibit in response to the challenges imposed by northern environments. Despite these recent advances, further work is required to document the distribution of bats in the region; identify key summer roosting habitats and hibernacula; assess population status and trends; evaluate the impact of anthropogenic change and develop mitigation strategies; and better understand the natural history ecology of bats in the region. Improving our knowledge of these aspects of bat biology will be useful for informing conservation planning initiatives and environmental impact assessment processes. To ensure that new information is reliable and accessible, we strongly recommend that researchers strive to meet minimum evidentiary standards; deposit data, samples and voucher specimens in appropriate repositories; coordinate monitoring efforts and data collection; and publish or otherwise report results. We hope that our concluding remarks will help guide bat research in northwestern Canada and Alaska, and that the hard-earned results obtained in future studies will impart a positive impact on bat conservation in the region.

Thomas S Jung, Karen M Blejwas, Cori L Lausen, Joanna M Wilson, and Link E Olson "Concluding Remarks: What Do We Need To Know About Bats in Northwestern North America?," Northwestern Naturalist 95(3), 318-330, (2 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.1898/95-3.1
Published: 2 December 2014
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