Indicator Bats Program: A System for the Global Acoustic Monitoring of Bats

Jones, Kate E., Russ, Jon A., Bashta, Andriy-Taras, Bilhari, Zoltálan, Catto, Colin, Csősz, István, Gorbachev, Alexander, Győrfi, Páleter, Hughes, Alice, Ivashkiv, Igor, Koryagina, Natalia, Kurali, Anikálo, Langton, Steve, Collen, Alanna, Margiean, Georgiana, Pandourski, Ivan, Parsons, Stuart, Prokofev, Igor, Szodoray-Paradi, Abigel, Szodoray-Paradi, Farkas, Tilova, Elena, Walters, Charlotte L., Weatherill, Aidan, & Zavarzin, Oleg (2013) Indicator Bats Program: A System for the Global Acoustic Monitoring of Bats. John Wiley, pp. 211-247.

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Abstract

Bats are an important component of mammalian biodiversity and fill such a wide array of ecological niches that they may offer an important multisensory bioindicator role in assessing ecosystem health. There is a need to monitor population trends of bats for their own sake because many populations face numerous environmental threats related to climate change, habitat loss, fragmentation, hunting, and emerging diseases. To be able to establish bat ultrasonic biodiversity trends as a reliable indicator, it is important to standardize monitoring protocols, data management, and analyses. This chapter discusses the main issues to be considered in developing a bat ultrasonic indicator. It focuses on the results from indicator bats program (iBats), a system for the global acoustic monitoring of bats, in Eastern Europe. Finally, the chapter reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the Program and considers the opportunities and threats that it may face in the future.

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ID Code: 81284
Item Type: Book
DOI: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch10
ISBN: 9781118490747
Copyright Owner: John Wiley
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2015 01:05
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 17:41

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