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|Common Name: Townsend’s big-eared bat|
Pronunciation: core-ee-no-rine-us town-send-ee-eye
Townsend's big-eared bats are found throughout western North America, from British Columbia south to Oaxaca, Mexico, with two endangered subspecies in isolated areas in the Ozark and Central Appalachian regions of the United States. Their most typical habitat is arid western desert scrub and pine forest regions. These agile fliers venture out to forage only after dark, using their keen echolocation to hunt moths and other insects. In the spring and summer, females form maternity colonies in mines, caves, or buildings, while males roost individually.
In winter, these bats hibernate in caves and abandoned mines. They are extremely sensitive to disturbance at their roosting sites and have suffered severe population declines throughout much of the U.S.
Further Reading From BATS Magazine
Volume 35, Issue 1, 2016: Encouraging Corporate Conservation
Volume 30, Issue 4, Winter 2012: Bats, Mines and Citizen Science in the Rockies
Volume 26, Issue 3, Fall 2008: A strategic approach to Protecting Bats & Mines in the Southwest
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