Please provide a brief update of the bat-related work that you have done this past season so that we can include it in an update for our state/province/territory. Announcements or upcoming events are also welcome. We will forward these on to the editors for posting in the Bulletin Board/Upcoming Events sections.
Please send your submissions as .doc file attachments, and try to keep each project update to < 500 words. Please put a title on your submission followed by your name and names of others involved in the work, if applicable. If you have images that illustrate your submission, please send those along as a separate attachment (not embedded), with instructions as to where in the text the photo belongs.
- For example; MT_Update.doc, MT_BulletinBoard.doc, MT_UpcomingEvents.doc, and MT_SpecialFeature.doc
- Type State/Province at top of submission. Be sure to put your name (and the names of anyone else who has helped to compile the submission) under this heading.
- While your submission may just be one body of text written by you, more likely it will be a compilation of entries received from people working in your state/province. In this case, each project/event should have its own section with its own heading, and the “author/researcher” listed with their affiliation, as illustrated below.
Submission from Angie McIntire
Bat Foraging Ecology along the South Fork Eel River, Mendocino County, California
Beth Hagen, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, PO Box 874601, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (480) 727-7743, Elizabeth.M.Hagen@asu.edu and Bill Rainey, Departments of Integrative Biology and Earth and Planetary Science, University of California Berkley
During the summer of 2006, we measured bat and insect activity along the South Fork Eel River in Mendocino County, California. The purpose of this research was to address the following questions: 1) How do structural features of the riverine landscape influence bat foraging ecology? and 2) How do riverine derived food resources influence bat foraging ecology? We hypothesized that river channel geomorphology and vegetation structure will control the location and abundance of insect aggregations resulting in selective foraging by bats in these areas and that riverine derived subsidies will provide a critical food resource during parts of the year when terrestrial food resources are less available.
Thank you for taking the time to gather and compile your submissions. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact us :)