Bats

Best Management Practices for the Use of Bat Houses in the US and Canada

Holroyd S. et al.


Abstract

This guidance document summarizes the best available data on bat houses. Section 1 introduces why this document is needed and Section 2 highlights the issues concerning bat specialists regarding the use of bat houses. Section 3 provides the best management practices for the use of bat houses for the most common building-roosting bats in North America. Section 4 identifies knowledge gaps in our understanding of how to provision artificial roost habitat for bats. Section 5 summarizes reporting, maintenance and monitoring practices, lists states/provinces/territories that have current programs and provides suggestions for those that are without.

Recommended citation

Holroyd S. et al. (2023). Best Management Practices for the Use of Bat Houses in the US and Canada. US Fish and Wildlife Service. https://doi.org/10.7944/P99K4BF5

Susan Holroyd

Susan Holroyd

WCS Canada Bat Program Manager

Cori Lausen

Cori Lausen

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