Tuesday, March 5, 2013

White River Plateau winter survey for bat hibernation

White River Plateau in the White River National Forest
 Jeremy Siemers of CNHP, along with personnel from the US Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, conducted a winter cave survey on the White River Plateau in the White River National Forest.  Very few surveys have been conducted during the winter season in this area due to the difficulty in access.

CNHP Zoologist Jeremy Siemers in a tight spot
The crew started the trek using snowmobiles and hiked to the caves on snowshoes.  The goal of the survey was to document bat hibernation in some of the caves near Deep Creek.  The survey team found two caves with hibernating Townsend’s Big-eared Bats (Corynorhinus townsendii).

Hibernating Townsend's Big-eared Bats (Corynorhinus townsendii)

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