Throughout North America, bats are the primary predators of nocturnal flying insects, providing millions of dollars in pest control services annually. Bats occur in nearly every habitat on the continent, from high elevation alpine forests to deserts and neighborhoods within our largest cities.
Because bats fly in the dark of night, it is challenging to understand their behaviors and monitor their population status.
To get around this challenge, biologists use bat detectors to better understand bat ecology. These devices record the echolocation calls of nearby bats, and combined with specialized software and expert knowledge, biologists can often identify bat species from these detections. Biologists deploy these detectors for one or more nights at locations across the continent throughout the year, and may monitor presence or activity of various bat species each night.
This application is a companion to the Bat Acoustic Monitoring Portal (BatAMP).
BatAMP provides a central platform where biologists can upload their detection data in order to better understand the distribution, seasonal movement patterns, and population status of bats across North America. These data are then compiled for visualization within this tool.
Learn more about how to contribute data to BatAMP.
This application enables you to explore bat monitoring data for 34 species across North America, allowing you to explore seasonal trends in species detections and explore bat activity for a particular location.
Explore detailed monitoring data for each of the species included in this application. Each species has a dedicated visualization page that enables you to:
Explore occurrence data aggregated across all species within this application. This allows you to:
This application leverages the combined efforts of 119 contributors and would not be possible without their hard work. Together, these contributors have collected over 29,401,113 bat detections on 234,968 nights using 2,276 detectors, and they have collected 6,022,977 detections of at least 34 species.
And Paul Burger, Samantha Marcum, Ted Weller, Tom Malloy, Jared Tomie, Dirk Gard, Christine Swanson, Susan Loeb, Todd Mabee, Cris Hein, Miguel Ordenana, Shawn Thomas, Liz Revette, Burger Paul, Jeff Mach, Les Gyug, Jennifer Krauel, Erin Baerwald, Rahel Sollman, Becky Abel, Abby Tobin, Dave Miller, Bill Tietje, Katrina Schultes, Phillip Huber, Frank McLaughlin, Roger Rodriguez, Scott Osborn, Jeffrey Clerc, Carol Joseph, Tim Catton, Catherine Johnson, Brian Meyerriecks, Drew Stokes, Susan Sims, Nadine Hergenrider, Ella Rowan, Peggy Plass, Barbara Erlandson, Clarissa Starbuck, David Delmonte, Philip Huber, Kellie Roussos, Tracy Grazia, Gary Kolesar, Christina Akins, Janie Agyagos, Richard Dulik, Rick Dulik, Robin Garwood, Janae Thomas, Crissy Bellandi, Andy and Isaiah Eastlake, James McRacken, Jonathan Kauffman, Cassandra Marszal, Ned Lockwood, Devon Green, Kevin Edwards, Jessica Ilse, Jason Kelton, Linda Angerer, Todd Johnson, Pete Johnston, Steven Zanoni, Steve Anderson, Claudio Biltoc, Monte Kuk, Todd Russel, John Ellis, Kary Schlick, Donald DeBolt, Kristin Henderson, Sean Vander Hoek, Paul Kreingold, Bonnie Doggett, Jennifer Gatlin, Masako Wright, Tom Rickman, Susan Yasuda, Dennis Arakelian, Rhonda Stewart, Colin & June Choo, Ashley Egan, Theresa Lowe, Donald Solick, Carla De Julio, Gordon Watts, Coye Burnett, Barb Smith, Colin Choo, Stephanie Rainey, Mary and Dave Greene, Cheron Ferland, Suzanne DeRosier, Bill Gorewich, Mony Sea, Jessup Weichelt, Brett Hillman, Ivana Noell, Megan Solus, Jeff Jewkes, Anthony Gray, Todd Stewart, Brooklyn Reardon, Francisco Anaya, Lauren Hoyle, peggy Plass, Kristen Warren, Thomas Ryon, Michael Steck, Robin Eliason, Jason Dungan.
This application was created by Brendan C. Ward at the Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) in partnership with Ted Weller at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.