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Individual study: Activity of an endangered bat increases immediately following prescribed fire

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Braun de Torrez E.C., Ober H.K. & McCleery R.A. (2018) Activity of an endangered bat increases immediately following prescribed fire. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 82, 1115-1123

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Use prescribed burning Bat Conservation

A replicated, before-and-after, controlled study in 2015–2016 of two upland pine Pinus elliottii forests in south Florida, USA (Braun de Torrez et al. 2018) found that prescribed burning increased the activity of Florida bonneted bats Eumops floridanus. Activity of Florida bonneted bats was higher at treatment sites after prescribed burning than before but did not change at unburned control sites (data reported as statistical model results). Similarly, the activity of Florida bonneted bats did not differ between treatment and control sites before burning but was higher at burned than unburned control sites after prescribed burning. Two prescribed burns (one in the dry season, one in the wet season) were carried out in each of two upland pine forest conservation areas. Burned areas were 46–549 ha. Bat activity was recorded at three sites within each of four treatment areas and at three adjacent unburned control sites for 12 nights before burning and 24 nights after burning in February and March 2016 (wet season) and June 2015 and July 2016 (dry season).

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)