A GIS Analysis: Indiana Brown Bat

Authors: Veronica Medina*,
Topics: Animal Geographies
Keywords: Indiana Brown Bat, Myotis sodalis, conservation, Suitability Analysis, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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On May 8th, 1967, the Indiana brown bat (Myotis sodalis) was designated by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service as an endangered species. Numbers have dwindled from just over 1 million to 530,705. The decline in Myotis sodalis' population can be attributed to habitat loss and fragmentation, disturbances in hibernation caves and most recently, white-nose syndrome.
The purpose of this research was to determine the most suitable maternity roost conservation areas for the Indiana brown bat within Jefferson County, New York. The choice of study area was based on the availability of data and conservation priority. Through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), potential conservation areas were determined. The five factors considered were: distance from wind turbines, proximity to agricultural lands, proximity to wetlands, type of ecological zone and presence of conservation land. The suitability analysis identified 4 distinct areas that would best aid in the preservation of Myotis sodalis.

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