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Sample Radio Telemetry Projects

BCM's footprint for Radio Telemetry spans has included Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Remarkably, our team has only lost two summer bats since 2000. We do not simply use foot based handheld observers, but have outfitted up to thirteen mobile tracking vehicles and a Cessna 172 on a single project. Today are testing drones as a viable platform to extend our observation range and significantly reduce costs to clients and research projects. Below are some representative examples of past projects . . .

Projects:

2011, Lycoming County, PA.Radio telemetry monitoring of 4 Myotis septentrionalis, all were adult females; three were pregnant, one was non-reproductive. They were radio tracked for a total of 21 nights of foraging data and were found using 16 roost trees.
 
2011, Lycoming County, PA.Radio telemetry monitoring of 4 Myotis septentrionalis, all were adult females; two were pregnant and two were lactating. They were radio tracked for a total of 16 nights of foraging data and were found using 15 roost trees.
 
2010, Centre and Clinton Counties, PA.Radio telemetry monitoring of 7 Myotis septentrionalisand 4 Myotis leibiiafter mist net capture in central Pennsylvania.  Of the 7 Myotis septentrionalis, all were adult females; 4 were non-reproductive, 1 was pregnant, and 2 were lactating.  They were radio tracked for a total of 18 nights of foraging data and 13 days of daytime roosts.  Of the 4 Myotis leibii, 2 were adult females (1 non-reproductive, 1 pregnant), and 2 were adult males (both non-reproductive). They were radio tracked for a total of 13 nights of foraging data and 8 days of daytime roosts.
 
2011, July-August, Foraging and Habitat Use, PA: Conducted a radio telemetry study to determine foraging patterns, habitat use, and roost sites of Myotis septentrionalisandLasionycteris noctivagansin Tioga county.
 
2011, July, Foraging and Habitat Use, PA: Conducted a radio telemetry study to determine foraging patterns, habitat use, and roost sites of Myotis leibiiin North Umberland county.
 
2009 Dutchess County, NY. Radio telemetry monitoring Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) activity after mist net capture in southeastern New York.  One reproductive female Indiana bat was monitored for 6 nights.
 
2009 Putnam County, MO. Radio telemetry monitoring Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) activity after mist net capture in northern Missouri.  One male and two female Indiana bats were monitored for 3-8 nights.
 
2009 Centre County, PA. Radio telemetry monitoring eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii) activity after mist net capture in central Pennsylvania.  Two male MYOLEB bat were monitored for 5-7 nights.
 
2008 Eastern Red Bat Fall Telemetry. Radio telemetry following Eastern red bats in Western Pennsylvania during fall migration. Assisted with the PGC.
 
2008 Dutchess County, NY. Radio telemetry monitoring Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) activity after mist net capture in southeastern New York.  Three reproductive female Indiana bats were monitored for 10 nights.
 
2008 Somerset and Bedford County, PA. Radio telemetry monitoring Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii) activity after mist net capture in south-central Pennsylvania. Two male Indiana bats and two female eastern small-footed bats were monitored for 1-4 nights.
 
2008 Bedford County, PA. Radio telemetry monitoring eastern small-footed bats (Myotis leibii) activity after mist net capture in south-central Pennsylvania. One male eastern small-footed bat was monitored for 5 nights.
 
2008 Dutchess County, NY. Radio telemetry monitoring Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) activity after mist net capture in southeastern New York.  Two female Indiana bats were monitored up to 11 nights.
 
2007 South Penn Tunnel Spring Migration.Radio telemetry following migrating Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in central Pennsylvania. 11 out of 15 animals recovered up to 15 miles from hibernacula.
 
2007 South Penn Tunnel Fall Migration.Radio telemetry documenting Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) activity in the vicinity of a hibernacula during the fall mating period. 16 animals tracked dusk to dawn for 7 nights each.
 
2007 Chatam, NJ.Radio telemetry monitoring an Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) after mist net capture in central New Jersey. Female Indiana bat monitored for 14 nights and new maternity colony discovered.
 
2007 Big Darby Creek, OH.Radio telemetry following Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) activity in central Ohio. 1 Indiana bat monitored dusk to dawn for 12 nights.
 
2007 Eastern Red Bat Fall Telemetry.Radio telemetry following Eastern red bats (Lasiurus borealis) in Western Pennsylvania during fall migration. Assisted with the PGC.
 
2006 Long Run Fall Telemetry.Radio telemetry following Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in central Western Pennsylvania monitoring behavior during fall swarm. Distance between mine and roosting area was 9 miles. Assisted with the PGC.
 
2006 Mt. Hope-Hibernia Migration Study.Radio telemetry following migrating Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in central New Jersey. 9 out of 10 animals recovered up to 25 miles from two hibernacula.
 
2005 Canoe Creek Migration Study.Radio telemetry following migrating Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in central Pennsylvania and northeastern Maryland.
 
2004 Durham Mine Migration Study.Ground and aerial radio telemetry following migrating little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) in eastern Pennsylvania.
 
2003 Canoe Creek Migration Study.Radio telemetry following migrating Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in central Pennsylvania. Assisted with the PGC.
 
2003 Woodland Bat survey of the Upper Connecticut River Basin.Summer Indiana bat mist netting effort consisting of 28 sampling sites. 642 bats captured of 7 species. A radio telemetry component studied summer roosts and foraging behavior of 3 eastern small-footed bats (Myotis leibii).
 
2003 Indiana Bat Investigations at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant.Summer Indiana bat mist netting effort consisting of 4 sampling sites. 85 bats captured of 7 species. 6 Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) were radio tracked and a large maternity roost discovered in a nearby barn.
 
2002 Barton Hill Myotis Sodalis Tracking Project.Ground and aerial radio telemetry following migrating Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in northeastern New York. Assisted with NYDEC.\
 
2001 Williams Lake Myotis Sodalis Tracking Project.Ground and aerial radio telemetry following migrating Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in southern New York.
 
2000 South Penn Tunnel Myotis Sodalis Tracking Project.Ground and aerial radio telemetry following migrating Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in southern Pennsylvania. 4 Indiana bats tracked up to 60 miles from hibernacula.

Clients:

  • PA Department of Transportation
  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • WV Department of Transportation
  • USDA Forest Service
  • US Army
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Natural gas corporations
  • The Heritage Conservancy
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Wind energy corporations
  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife
  • Bat Conservation International
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